Felix Baumgartner — the skydiver who, last week, became the first person to jump from space and create a sonic boom — did his first cable interview since the jump with Fox News.
Even after surviving the riskiest skydive of all time, Baumgartner is surprisingly modest.
“When you’re standing there outside of the capsule, on top of the world, you become so humble,” he told Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum. “It’s not about breaking records anymore; it’s all about coming home alive.”
But Baumgartner said there was never a moment he thought of turning back: “You put everything out there. There’s no way to turn around and escape it,” he told MacCallum.
So what’s next on this daredevil’s bucket list? Becoming a helicopter pilot.
While this next step may seem easy in the wake of a landmark (no pun intended) jump from space, Baumgartner views it as another challenge.
“It’s difficult, you know. If you wanna put out a fire or rescue people from a mountain, it’s not that easy. So it’s still a lot to learn for me but I’m willing to do it… I’m 100 percent sure I’m becoming a really good helicopter pilot.”
But he still admits he “cannot top” his jump from space. “This has been such an incredible journey and I’m lucky everything went well and now … I think it’s time to move on,” Baumgartner said.