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Joseph Kittinger

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Birthday
27, 1928
Birthplace
Tampa, FL
DEATH DATE
Dec 9, 2022 (94)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
27, 1928
Birthplace
Tampa, FL
DEATH DATE
Dec 9, 2022 (94)

About

U.S. Air Force pilot who famously took part in Project Excelsior and Project Manhigh and set skydiving and balloon records.

Before Fame

He served during the Vietnam War as a fighter pilot and spent nearly a year as a prisoner-of-war after his plane was shot down by the North Vietnamese.

Trivia

He and astronomer William C. White teamed up on Project Stargazer in December of 1960.

Family Life

He was born in Tampa, Florida.

Associated With

He was involved in the 2012 Red Bull Stratos project as a director of daredevil Felix Baumgartner's historic free fall.