Luke Aikins Jumps From Plane With No Parachute
uke aikins made history Saturday when he became the first person to leap without a parachute and land in a net instead.
After a two-minute freefall, Aikins landed dead center in the 100-by-100-foot net at the Big Sky movie ranch on the outskirts of Simi Valley, reports FOX News.
As cheers erupted, Aikins quickly climbed out, walked over and hugged his wife, Monica, who had been watching from the ground with their 4-year-old son, Logan, and other family members.
“I’m almost levitating, it’s incredible,” the jubilant skydiver said, raising his hands over his head as his wife held their son, who dozed in her arms.
“This thing just happened! I can’t even get the words out of my mouth,” he added as he thanked the dozens of crew members who spent two years helping him prepare for the jump, including those who assembled the fishing trawler-like net and made sure it really worked.
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What would it take for you to jump from 25,000 feet from a plane without a parachute?
Extreme skydiver Luke Aikins plans on being the first person to do just that. Aikins plans on landing in a net that measures 100 feet by 100 feet.
Fox will broadcast the two-minute jump live at 8pm ET (5pm PT) Saturday as part of an hour-long TV special called Heaven Sent.
Fox describes the 1 hour show:
On Saturday, July 30, Stride gum will debut Heaven Sent, a historic and “mad intense” live event where professional skydiver Luke Aikins will jump from a plane at 25,000 feet with nothing but the clothes on his back, landing safely on the ground. Created by Chris Talley, Precision Food Works, and Jimmy Smith, Amusement Park Entertainment, the event will air exclusively in the U.S. on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It will be executive produced by Mondelēz International, Amusement Park Entertainment and four-time Emmy Award winner Al Berman. Mondelēz International is looking to make the event available across the globe through broadcast, online streaming and pay-per-view platforms.
Aikins says he knows how crazy the stunts
“If I wasn’t nervous I would be stupid,” the compact, muscular athlete says with a grin as he sits under a canopy near Saturday’s drop zone.
“We’re talking about jumping without a parachute, and I take that very seriously. It’s not a joke,” he adds.
This would not be the first jump where a skydiver has exited the plane without a parachute, with motocross legend Travis Pastrana being one of those, who famously exited shirtless, drinking a can of Red Bull. However, the big difference here is that in other occasions of “parachuteless” exits, the skydiver was then grabbed in freefall and still landed under a canopy, or placed their rig on while in freefall. With Luke Aikins, there will be no one and nothing to catch him, except for the hundred foot net, and Luke will be exiting from more than twice the height.
The 42-year-old daredevil has made 18,000 jumps.
He’s done stunts for “Ironman 3” and other movies and trained elite skydivers.