US skydiver Luke Aikins with more than 18,000 jumps made history when he became the first person to survive a leap without a parachute or wing-suit from a height of approx 25,000 feet and land in a net instead. Luke Aikins, 42, He completed the stunt without a mishap landing almost in the middle of the 100-ft by 100-ft net in Simi Valley, Southern California.
Aikins’ leap represents the culmination of a 26-year career that will set a personal and world record for the highest jump without a parachute or wing suit,” his spokesman Justin Aclin said in an email.
The stunt, broadcast live on the Fox network for the TV special “Stride Gum Presents Heaven Sent,” nearly didn’t come off as planned when Aikins revealed just before climbing into his plane that the Screen Actors Guild had ordered him to wear a parachute to ensure his safety.
He jumped with three other skydivers, each wearing parachutes. One had a camera, another trailed smoke so people on the ground could follow his descent and the third took an oxygen canister he handed off after they got to an altitude where it was no longer needed.
The 42-year-old daredevil has practically lived his life in the sky. He made his first tandem jump when he was 12, following with his first solo leap four years later. He’s been racking them up at about 800 a year ever since.
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