Most years, the list of memorable records according to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale are incremental gains in speed and altitude, but in 2012, they were powered by a sense of adventure. Records set last year include Felix Baumgartner's 4-minute, 20-second, 119,431-foot freefall that topped out at 843 mph and the 1-minute, 5.1 second flight of the Gamera II, the University of Maryland's human-powered helicopter.

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