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Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who held the previous record for highest skydive and fastest speed in a freefall because of his involvement in Project Excelsior in 1960, acted as Felix Baumgartner's mentor in the months leading up to the jump. He was also Baumgartner's liaison to ground control during the mission, and when Baumgartner landed Kittinger congratulated him saying "I couldn't have done it better myself".
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