'I need for someone to come to my home and help me get this STUFF in order and put a package together for NOT only the FBI but for the media. NO soap opera or twisting - just present the facts and the picks...'
Come on, Jo. You've been pursuing Duane as Cooper since the 1990's. You're on thousands of references and stories regarding Cooper on the internet. Are you telling me that you can't find just ONE member of your local media who might be willing to help you? A reporter from a smaller local paper? Anybody at all? You are a well-known name, more than you might think.
If you approached a reporter in your area and asked them to help assemble an 'evidence package' for the FBI, you may be able to find someone to help prep the package. They're going to want a story on you, though. You should prepare for that, too.
Shipping? Send it FedEx insured/return receipt. It will get to the FBI.
On Baumgartner: My only thought on the jump is this. If he's going to come close to, or even BREAK the sound barrier during his freefall...then his equipment had better be able to withstand some fairly high wind speeds. Not at the higher elevations, but as he transitions into thicker atmosphere. At some point, someWHERE, there is going to be a lot of whipping around of anything loose on the suit. Then he should slow to terminal velocity, right? The key point, the most dangerous point might be that transition from extremely high speed, to slowing in the steadily thickening air.
I call this spot the Danger Zone. At max velocity, Baumgartner is theoretically falling at about 65,000 feet a minute in a vacuum. About 13 miles a MINUTE. (768mph is speed of sound) You start hitting thicker air. You hope the equipment holds until your speed approaches terminal, and that a combination of thicker air, high initial speed, and deceleration doesn't rip a critical piece of equipment before you reach terminal.
It's a guess, but the Danger Zone could lie between 45,000 and 30,000 feet. If he survives below 30K feet, his chances improve greatly.
(This post was edited by RobertMBlevins on Oct 6, 2012, 12:12 AM)