Have you ever jumped out of a plane? If you have, you surely didn't do it without a parachute.
Luke Aikins did.
The Guinness Book of World Records holder jumped out of a plane from 25,000 feet with no parachute.
He fell into a net.
Video of the jump is going viral on social media:
The jump took place on July 30.
On July 30 at approximately 5:45 p.m. local time, Hollywood stuntman and skydiving luminary Luke Aikins jumped out of a Cessna Grand Caravan airplane 25,000 feet above Simi Valley, California. It was the first time in his 18,000-plus skydives that Aikins, 42, with a wife and young son, did not wear a parachute. The “Stride Gum Presents: Heaven Sent” stunt, which 1.44 million viewers watched live on Fox, made history when Aikins landed safely in a large net suspended 200 feet above the ground by a quartet of cranes.
Aikins and a small army of producers planned the jump for two years. He was joined in freefall by a trio of support jumpers, including his cousin, fellow aerial wizard Andy Farrington; but they all had parachutes and deployed them as Aikins continued plummeting toward the ground. When Aikins landed successfully, he became the first skydiver to intentionally land a jump sans chute and survive (British wingsuit pilot Gary Connery famously landed in a pile of cardboard boxes in 2012 without a chute, after jumping from a helicopter 2,400 feet above the ground).
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