Why should facts get in the way of a good publicity scheme? You would think that for a project like this there would have been at least a couple of folks who would have heard the stories.
Supersonic Sans Airplane
Not only did they miss the previous time a man had been supersonic without a plane, they don't realize it was done FIFTY years ago!
Been Done Before
Among his other achievements were about 500 combat missions in Southeast Asia, a MiG kill and a bit of time as a guest of the North Vietnamese in a POW camp.
I don't suspect that the Red Bull guy has done anything similar to Joe Kittinger.