Former USAF Skydiver's Record Shattered over New Mexico

Yesterday Felix Baumgartner set new world records by skydiving from 128,100 feet and breaking the sound barrier during his fall. The records he broke were set in 1960 by US Air Force Capt. Joseph Kittinger Jr., who jumped from 102,800 feet and achieved a top speed of 614 mph (or .9 Mach). Jumping from a higher altitude allowed Baumgartner to accelerate to a faster speed in the thinner air - he reached a top speed of 833 mph (1.24 Mach) during his descent.

What to Expect in Basic Training

Air Force Basic Training lasts 8 1/2 weeks. All new Air Force recruits go through the same basic training: the 737th Training Group, at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas.

While at basic, you’ll do PT six days per week. The six-day-a-week regimen includes three days of aerobic running and three days of muscular endurance training. The runs consist of 40-minute sessions of group-paced running, self-paced running and six 30-second sprint interval runs separated by brisk walking. Each week, trainees are timed on a two-mile run.