Aeronautics: Four-Mile Fall

The old notion that a person who falls from a great height dies before striking the ground, was long ago exploded. But there remains room for curiosity about how it feels to fall for miles & miles. Last week new testimony came from one John Tranum, professional 'chute jumper in England, who fell farther than any man had ever fallen and lived to tell the tale. Jumper Tranum stepped out of a Royal Air Force plane about 4 mi. above Salisbury Plain. One—two—three miles he plummeted toward the earth's vague green saucer....

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