SAN JOSE, Calif. — Alan Eustace, who set the world record for the highest-altitude free fall jump, is the 2015 recipient of the Crystal Eagle Award presented by the Aero Club of Northern California (ACNC).
On Oct. 24, 2014, he began his balloon-powered ascent from Roswell, N.M., reaching 135,889 feet, before his free fall to Earth, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a speed of more than 821 miles per hour.
The Crystal Eagle is awarded annually to “an individual(s) whose lifetime achievements have significantly contributed to the advancement of aviation or aerospace technology.”
Others who have received the award include Jimmy Doolittle, Chuck Yeager, Burt Rutan, and Steve Fossett.
“We had a number of nominations for the award, which reflects the strength and depth of contributions being made today by many people in the aviation and aerospace world,” said Max Trescott, president of the Aero Club of Northern California. “Alan’s innovative approach to setting his world record stood out, and we congratulate him on winning the award.”
The award will be formally presented at the annual Crystal Eagle Dinner on Nov. 14 at the Hiller Aviation Museum at the San Carlos Airport in San Carlos, Calif.