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Red Bull supersonic, free fall exhibit visits Dayton

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The story of Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner's supersonic free fall from the edge of space has made its way to Dayton, Ohio.

Visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force can experience the interactive Red Bull Stratos exhibit, and get an up-close look at the capsule and high-tech suit used in Baumgartner's record-setting mission.

On Oct. 14, 2012, Baumgartner ascended 127,852 feet (a Boeing 747 flies around 46,000 feet) with a balloon-launched capsule. And then he jumped.

Part of the Red Bull Stratos exhibit highlights his incredible 24-mile journey downward. Baumgartner reached speeds up to 830 miles per hour jumping from the stratosphere and became the first man to break the speed of sound in free fall.

Three key players in the success of Red Bull Stratos attended the exhibit's grand opening on Thursday evening at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Technical Project Director Art Thompson, Medical Director Jon Clark and Baumgartner's mentor in the project, retired United States Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger.

Kittinger previously held the record jump from 102,800 feet in 1960 -- a time when no one knew if a human could survive a jump from the edge of space.

Visitors to the Air Force museum can take their picture next to the capsule that carried Baumgartner to the edge of space, as well as watch interactive videos explaining the science behind the adrenaline pumping jump.

The exhibit runs Jan. 24 to March 16. The museum is open daily and free to visit. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil and www.redbullstratos.com.

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