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Look, Up in the Sky: It's Birdman

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    US Army Golden Knights
    Staff Sgt. Ben Borger soars in his flying suit.

    Staff Sgt. Ben Borger's flying suit doesn't have a giant S or red cape, but it does the job with a little help from a C-17 military transport aircraft.

    Borger, a member of the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team, soared for about 10 miles from 25,000 feet during a world record jump at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

    "We were shooting to jump from 32,000 (feet), to go 13 miles plus, but because of some precautions we had to jump from just under 25,000," Borger said. "It's one of those things where you dream as a kid you could fly."

    Temperatures are below 0 degrees at the jump altitude. He had to take in pure oxygen for 30 minutes before lift-off so his body could adjust to the altitude.

    "That's to get all the nitrogen out of the system, like a scuba diver," Borger said.

    The specially designed suit has material under its arms and between the legs. The extra material acts as wings, using wind to generate lift.

    Borger has been preparing for the jump for about one year. His mother watched as her son landed safely.

    "He has always lived life on the edge," she said. "There's nothing he can't do."