World record breaking US parachute jumper dies aged 94

Retired US air force colonel and parachute jump world record holder Joseph Kittinger has died aged 94.

In 1960, Kittinger set a world record that would stand for more than 50 years after jumping from almost 20 miles (32km) above the Earth.

His death, due to lung cancer, was announced by former US rep John Mica and Kittinger’s
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