When times are tough, it’s extra important to think about ways you can be part of or contribute to your community and the people in it. And if you have the time, there may be no more rewarding way to spend it. Just ask Joseph Kittinger. A true American hero.
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On August 16, 1960, Air Force Capt. Joe Kittinger rode a helium balloon to 102,800 feet — the very edge of space — and jumped. Fifty years later, to commemorate man’s longest leap, Kittinger became the first inductee into the National Skydiving Museum Hall of Fame. We look back on this epic event as we approach the 60 year anniversary.
Col. Joe Kittinger has a passion for teaching children and for sharing his passion in aviation, engineering, lifelong learning and the U.S.A. With our help, Colonel Kittinger is finding that live video chats can instantly take him into any classroom.
Joe Kittinger has kept a secret for nearly two years but now it can be revealed. What does this 81-year-old American hero have to do with the most dangerous, most exciting record attempt in 50 years? Everything.
Joe Kittinger was actually the first man in space but very few know his name or the stories of his feats. Find out how his courage set the groundwork for the space program and how he’s still looking for his next adventure, even in his 80s.
In 1984, Joseph P. Kittinger Jr. made aviation history when he became the first person to cross the Atlantic solo in a balloon. We visit with him to commemorate the event and reminisce with a true American pioneer.
In 1984, at the age of 56, fighter pilot, daredevil and American aviation hero Joe Kittinger completed the first solo trans-Atlantic balloon flight from Maine to Italy. 25 years later, he shares his story with Growing Bolder. Here’s a sneak peek.
Decorated combat pilot Joe Kittinger has been pushing the envelope since he jumped out of a high-altitude balloon just past the edge of space. At age 80, he’s still flying high and telling remarkable stories about his legendary life.
In 1972, decorated combat pilot and legendary aviator Joe Kittinger was shot down and imprisoned in the “Hanoi Hilton.” The man in the next cell was John McCain. For the first time, Kittinger speaks out on camera about their experiences.
Joe Kittinger got to space first, and without a spacecraft. 49 years ago, in near secrecy, he accomplished a feat that no one has ever equaled. His courage paved the way for the success of the space program.
When Joe Kittinger parachuted from space, he not only made history, he also paved the way to save the lives of future space travelers.