Many things in life seem impossible, until someone with the proper amount of courage and the right approach proves otherwise. This was the case of Luke Aikins who set on a skydive without parachute last month.
The 42-year-old skydiver, leaped 25,000 ft / 7,620 m to Earth and landed safely and successfully on a 100-by-100-foot net. The stunt called “Heaven Sent” took place in Simi Valley, California and was broadcast live on TV via the Fox Network.
During the hour-long broadcast, Aikins said that he had been preparing the parachute-less jump for two years, whereas an experience of 18,000 parachute jumps preceded this one.
‘To me, I’m proving that we can do stuff that we don’t think we can do if we approach it the right way.’
Aikins’ wife, Monica, and 4-year-old son, Logan, witnessed Luke’s jump on the spot and they were the first to run to the skydiver after his landing. His father, two brothers and his sister were also there, but his mother was not. ‘My mom supports me. She doesn’t support this project,’ said Aikins.
The World Record fall lasted for about two minutes. Luke Aikins was accompanied by three skydivers who were recording the jump and smoke-tracking Aikins’ route so that the people on the ground can watch his course. The three of them opened their parachutes at 5,000 ft/1,524 m.
During the fall, Aikins seemed to be effortlessly directing his body around, arms extended and face downward, using nothing but the air currents. With just moments before landing, with an expert manoeuvre he flipped on his back to land safely on the 10,000 square foot high-tech net.
Facts about Luke Aikins:
- A third-generation skydiver. His grand father co-founded a skydiving school after World War II.
- At the age of 12 he made his first tandem jump.
- He first solo skydive at 14 years old and hasn’t stopped since.
- His wife, Monica, is also an experienced skydiver with 2,000 jumps.
- Aikins has performed several stunts including for the movie Iron Man 3.
- A safety and training advisor for the US Parachute Associations, Aikins also offers advanced skydiving training to elite military forces.