U.S skydiver Luke Aikins embarked on a daredevil free fall from 25,000 feet above the desert landscape of California’s Simi Valley.
Wondering why this made the headlines? Well, 42-year-old Aikins made history with the fall as he became the first person to survive such a leap without a parachute!
The free fall lasted for about two minutes as people including his family watched the record-breaking stunt. Shortly before landing, Aikins did a flip onto his back to enable him land in the right position.
He made a smooth landing in a 100 feet x 100 feet, two-tiered net set up to catch him. He landed at 120 mph, which is the terminal velocity. He was motionless for a while after landing before the net was lowered and he stood up to embrace his wife and son.
Family except his mother who refused to watch, friends and onlookers cheered as the U.S skydiver Luke Aikins broke world record.
The successful stunt makes Aikins the only skydiver ever to fall from a plane to planet Earth without a parachute.
“I’m almost levitating, it’s incredible,” he said.
“This thing just happened! I can’t even get the words out of my mouth.”
The stunt was broadcast live on TV billed “Heaven Sent.”
Aikins was instructed by the Screen Actors Guild to wear a parachute to ensure his safety.
However, from the plane, he said “I’m going all the way to the net, no question about it.”
“I’ll just have to deal with the consequences when I land of wearing the parachute on my back and what it’s going to do to my body.”
Aikins took the leap of faith with three other skydivers, each wearing parachutes. One of them had a camera, another trailed smoke to keep the people on the ground updated of his descent, while the third took an oxygen canister.
When the altitude was clear, the others opened their parachutes and left the stuntman on his own.
After pulling the stunt, Aikins admitted that he had experienced butterflies in his stomach before the jump.
Aikins is from a family of skydivers. His father and grandfather were skydivers, and his family owns Skydive Kapowsin near Tacoma, Washington. His wife has also made several jumps.