Daredevil skydiver sets the record for highest jump without a parachute and surviving.
A U.S. skydiver made history on Saturday by becoming the first person to jump from 25,000 feet without a parachute and landing safely without a scratch.
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Luke Aikins, 42-year old daredevil skydiver performed an unbelievably dangerous stunt on the outskirts of Simi Valley. The skydiver jumped out of a plane at thousands of feet above the Earth without using parachute and made a bullseye landing in a 100 feet x 100 feet net that was set up to catch him.
Upon landing, the daredevil lied motionlessly for a while until the net was lowered down. Then, he sprang up and embraced his wife who was watching the whole action anxiously from the sidelines alongside many other spectators.
“I’m almost levitating, it’s incredible,” said jubilant skydiver after the successful landing. “This thing just happened! I can’t even get the words out of my mouth.”
Aikins plummeted 25,000 feet down along with three skydivers and all of them were wearing parachutes except the daredevil skydiver. The three were there for a specific reason. One of them was holding a camera, another was releasing smoke so the people on the ground could follow his descent while the third was carrying canned oxygen. Then, they opened their parachutes and left the skydiver alone to perform the task.
After a two minute freefall, Aikins hit dead center on the net and set the record for the highest jump without parachute.
Aikins prepared for the jump dozens of times before the actual stunt but always with a parachute and opening it at the last possible moment. The hardest part of the stunt was ensuring the on target landing and maintaining right position at different altitudes.
“Whenever people attempt to push the limits of what’s considered humanly possible, they’re invariably described as crazy. But to me, this jump is simply the next logical step in a lifetime of extreme challenges.” Aikins told CNN affiliate Q13 Fox.
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Luke Aikins is a seasoned skydiver and also serves as safety and training advisor for Unites States Parachute Association. He is certified to teach both skydiving to both students and instructors.