How This Man Survived a 25,000-Foot Jump Without a Parachute

How This Man Survived a 25,000-Foot Jump Without a Parachute
August 01 12:03 2016 Print This Article

(GIZMODO) – Skydiving is pretty terrifying on its own, even when you take into account necessary safety precautions. But what if you were to jump from an airplane without a parachute? If Luke Aikins’ stunt is any indication, you’d have to be highly skilled and train for two years before even attempting it. There’s also the issue of jumping from a plane without a parachute.

On Saturday, Aikins successfully fell 25,000 feet from a plane with nothing on him but a GPS, a camera, a communication device, and an oxygen mask, which was removed and handed to one of the three parachuted assistants at around 18,000 feet. Without a wingsuit or a parachute, he landed just a couple minutes later safely on a 10,000-square-foot net.

The fall itself is pretty amazing. It was broadcast on television (claiming to be live but on a one-hour delay), so you can watch it below in case you missed it.

“I’m almost levitating — it’s incredible, this thing that just happened,” he told reporters after climbing out of the net, according to E! Online. “The words I want to say, I can’t even get out of my mouth.”

Obviously, this isn’t something that anybody should be attempting. Aikins, who was the skydiving consultant on Felix Baumgartner’s famous supersonic freefall in 2012, has skydived around 18,000 times in his decades-long career. The 42-year-old has been training for two years to get to this point, and that was after some trepidation.

“Like any normal, sane person, I said: ‘Thank you, but no thank you. I have a wife and a son, and I’ve got a life to live,’” he said to People Magazine. “Then, two weeks went by and I kept waking up in the middle of the night thinking, ‘If somebody said you had to do this, how could it be done?’”

So how was it done?

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