The Austrian skydiver, who earlier this week became the first man to break the sound barrier after jumping from a capsule 24 miles up, scrawled the prophetic drawing for his mother in 1974, reports The Telegraph.
Baumgartner ‘s drawing shows him drifting down to earth under a parachute, surrounded by sun beams and what looks like his family waiting for him with food and drinks below. In his comment on his own picture, Felix also wrote: “I had a dream…and this was it!!!”
Writing on his Facebook page, the skydiver said: “I drew this picture and gave it to my mum. When I did my first skydive on 23rd of August 1986 my mum handed it back to me and there it is.”
He continued: “It is kinda interesting where your thought and vision is gonna take you, if you are focused and not let loose – no matter how hard it is!!!”
His friends and relatives remember small Felix, who was obsessed with climbing on trees, repeatedly asking them to “throw him in the air.”
“When he was four or five years old, I would sit him on one leg and count ‘one, two, three, up we go,’ looping him over my head onto my shoulders,” recollects Roland Rettenbacher who taught Felix to parachute jump
“Every time, he would shout: ‘again, again, again.’ The little rascal wore us out after a while and I would tell him, you have talent, later you’ll be a great sportsman.”
Rettenbacher, the leading parachute instructor in Salzburg who accomplished about 7,500 jumps during his career, said that Felix got his love of heights from tree climbing.
“He was always up a tree. You could see he was happy there. From a very early age he clearly liked extreme situations and would say over and again that he wanted to be a stuntman,” he said.
Sunday saw the news that the former military parachutist rose in a purpose-built capsule beneath a giant helium balloon to a height of more than 128,000ft that is almost four times the height of a cruising passenger airliner.
It took the professional skydiver about two-and-a-half hours to reach 128,100ft above the New Mexico desert – and less than ten minutes to reach the Earth. Felix`s historic leap was broadcast on television around the world. Just before the jump, the 43 year-old sat nervously on the edge of his capsule, looking down at Earth.
The skydiver rushed back to the scene of his glory Monday riding on very little sleep and a lot of love from around the world, The Star claims.
“Good morning everybody, 4 hours of sleep and then straight to the launch area to watch the sunrise!” he posted on his Facebook page.
“And hey I just found my balloon on a truck! Thank u (sic) one more time for sharing my dream! My journey ends here!!”
He later said of his incredible journey: “It was harder than I expected. Trust me, when you stand up there on top of the world, you become so humble. It’s not about breaking records any more. It’s not about getting scientific data. It’s all about coming home.”