Daredevil skydiver will jump 25,000 feet without parachute

  • Luke Aikins has made 18,000 successful parachute jumps in his 26-year career, however, this is the first he will be doing it without any parachute
  • Aikins will jump out of an airplane at 25,000 feet over Simi Valley, California on Saturday evening with nothing but the clothes on his back
  • The daredevil skydiver will free-fall for two minutes as he attempts to become the first skydiver to land safely in a net on the ground

SIMI VALLEY, California – A daredevil skydiver will try jumping out a 25,000 feet drop without any parachute or any gliding apparatus.

The Guardian mentioned in an article that Luke Aikins has made 18,000 successful parachute jumps in his 26-year career; however, this is the first time he will be doing it without any parachute.

Aikins, 42 years old third-generation skydiver and aerial expert, will jump out of an airplane at 25,000 feet over Simi Valley, California on Saturday evening with nothing but the clothes on his back.

The daredevil skydiver will free-fall for two minutes as he attempts to become the first skydiver to land safely in a net on the ground.

During the 16-second fall, a height which is double the normal skydive, Aikins will be relying only on his body and wind currents to land on a 100-by-100 foot net which is suspended 20 feet above the California desert.

The height of the net will provide enough stretch to soften his landing without leaving room for the daredevil to bounce out.

The skydiver said he aims to land on a specific spot, which is “right in the middle” of the target; an area one-third the size of a football field.

An article by Kelly McCarthy for ABC News said that Aikins completed his first tandem jump when he was just 12 years old and for the last 30 years, had been active in training some of the world’s most elite skydivers.

Aikins also worked as a stuntman for Marvel while they were filming “Ironman 3.”

In preparation for the jump, Aikins had been practicing for six months and completed over 200 practice as part of the meticulous planning and preparation routine.

“I mean, I got a wife and a son. I plan on being here for a long time, being a pain in his neck,” Aikins said; explaining he needs to land in one piece during the jump.

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