For most, the mere thought of jumping from a plane is enough to inspire terror, but for American daredevil Luke Aikins it still wasn’t enough.
Over the weekend, Aikins jumped from an airplane at a whopping 25,000 feet and plummeted towards Earth with no parachute or wingsuit. His secret to avoid being splattered across the desert? A giant net to break his 2-minute freefall.
It took Aikins a year-and-a-half to prepare for this death-defying jump that saw the adrenalin junkie fall at 193 kilometres per hour over Simi Valley in Calfiornia. “Pay attention to the science and the math behind this. And we’ll show you what’s possible,” Aikins said as Fox broadcasted the jump on an hour-long reality TV special.
At 42 years old, Aikins has lead a pretty impressive career. He has made more than 18,000 skydiving jump and runs a skydiving school in Washington state, however, Aikins’ chute-less jump was by far his most ambitious, as he has gone down in history as the first skydiver in the world to land safely on the ground in a net.