See the world’s longest freefall jump on Southwest Ohio’s largest digital screen

February 21, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Space Dive — the documentary on Felix Baumgartner’s thrilling jump from 127,852 feet in a stratospheric balloon — will be shown at the Air Force Museum Theatre at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, free of charge.

Those interested will be able to see actual footage from this world-breaking mission, and experience the interactive Red Bull Stratos exhibit currently on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Just over a year ago, Felix Baumgartner ascended to 127,852 feet in a stratospheric balloon and made a freefall jump, rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. This amazing mission broke world records and holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers. The National Geographic Channel and BBC detailed every moment of the mission with more than 20 cameras. The footage includes exclusive behind-the-scenes access following Baumgartner’s five-year transition from BASE jumper to near-space explorer.

The theatre is located inside the National Museum of the U.S. Force, where the Red Bull Stratos exhibit is currently on display. Until March 16, museum visitors will get an up-close look at the actual capsule and space suit used in Baumgartner’s record-setting mission in the interactive Red Bull Stratos exhibit.

The museum also displays artifacts related to retired U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph Kittinger’s own record-setting jumps from the early days of the Space Age, when no one knew if a human could even survive a jump from the edge of space. Col. Kittinger, who previously held the record for a 102,800-foot jump in 1960, served as a consultant for the Red Bull team and as primary point of radio contact during Baumgartner’s ascent. Kittinger still holds the record for longest freefall.

The one-time showing of Space Dive will take place Feb. 23. Seating will be on a first-come basis, at no charge, but donations will be accepted to help cover costs. The Red Bull Stratos exhibit is open during regular museum hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, and admission is free.