At 7,350 feet avove sea level lies the ancient Tenochtitlan, better known today as Mexico City. Within the city is a world-class building, the highest in Latin America: topping out at 738 feet, Torre Mayor is considered a top-of-the-line example of modernity and functionality.
Envisioned by the genious of architect Everard Zedler, the construction of this masterpiece began in 1999 and was finished in 2003 with a crystal front of nearly 100,000 square feet. Admired from several points of the city, the tower has become a majestic vision of all Mexicans’ daily life.
Felix Baumgartner – the world famous B.A.S.E. jumper known for defying gravity in places such as the Christ Statue of Rio de Janeiro, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Mamet Cave in Croatia, and the Panama Channel among others – decided to jump to the emptiness from the 52nd floor of Torre Mayor and land in the heart of one of the most important avenues of Mexico City: Reforma.
The action took place Monday, January 30th at 12:14pm when nobody was expecting it; the Austrian jumped and, after opening his parachute, fell gently over the traffic circle of Reforma street.
Normally this wouldn’t be a major challenge for Felix, but due to the conditions that Mexico City presents for its geographical elevation, the freefall and the downward velocity become higher than in any place on Earth, causing a serious delay on the opening of Felix’s parachute.
"I feel very satisfied; it was a complicated jump because I had to manipulate my parachute a lot due to the air conditions from the buildings being around. Without any doubt it was a very different jump from those I have made before, with a big grade of difficulty.”