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Joseph William Kittinger II (born July 27, 1928) is a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force and a USAF Command Pilot. Following his initial operational assignment in fighter aircraft, he participated in Project Manhigh and Project Excelsior in 1960, setting a world record for the highest skydive from a height greater than 31 kilometres (19 mi).


A musical dramatization of the events of Project Excelsior.



I've landed on this world
fallen down through these clouds
I've returned
to my home
I've become something new

I said my silent prayers
in the space above
these shining seas
before I jumped
my mind was floating
in the air far below me

as I took my place
on the highest step
I felt a sense of solitude
twenty miles up

then I jumped

I saw the gondola above me
shoot into the black
and I fell like a feather
thought I'd gone too high
until I hit the clouds
and then I fell fell fell down
yes I fell fell fell down
until my chute opened and I
I saw these dunes below me
coming closer now
until I hit the ground

I've returned to my home
I've become something old
I almost reached
the speed of sound
but now this world has changed


from Singles, released July 25, 2017



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Art Elliot Oakland, California

Art Elliot sings of apocalyptic futures, lost loves, bleak ice ages and depression-era folk art, among other topics.

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