http://news.yahoo.com/worlds-highes...kes-record-breaking-supersonic-181843879.htmlPreliminary results of the jump showed Baumgartner spent about 4 minutes and 20 seconds in freefall (a record without a drogue parachute). His maximum speed was 833 mph (1,342.8 kph), said Brian Utley, an air sports official watching over event.
The jump's top speed was thus Mach 1.24 — considerably faster than the speed of sound. Applause and cheers erupted in a post-jump press conference as Utley relayed the good news.
"...BUT all he did was step off a ledge and pull a cord right?..."