Watch: Daring duo jumps from world’s tallest building

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French jumpers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet leap from the world’s tallest building — the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai — to set a world BASE jumping record. (Photo: Guinness Book of World Records)

(PIX11) — A daring duo leapt from the tip of the world’s tallest building and into the history books this week.

Donning bright yellow suits and leaving a trail of red smoke behind, French jumpers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet dove from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which at 2,717 feet tall is more than twice the height of the Empire State Building (which stands at 1,250 feet).

“This was my best jump by far. It was a dream come true,” Reffet said of the stunt sponsored by Skydive Dubai, which posted the adrenaline-pumping video online Tuesday.

The pair underwent rigorous training for the record-setting BASE jump, practicing for a week prior in Switzerland by leaping off Lauterbeunnen Mountain, which is almost as high as the Burj Khalifa, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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French jumpers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet pose safely on the ground after leaping from the world’s tallest building — Dubai’s 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa — to set a new world record. (Photo: Skydive Dubai)

A specially made 3-by-1 meter platform served as the duo’s starting point. Weather at the pinnacle made it difficult – and dangerous – to construct the platform, but after three days, the stage was set, the organization said.

And now, Fugen and Reffet hold the world record for highest BASE jump from a building.

“This was the jump of a lifetime and an achievement of three years of hard training. I am glad we landed successfully, accomplishing a lifelong dream,” Fugen said.

Watch the entire jump, below.

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