This is the mother of all the leap of faiths combined! 42-year-old Luke Aikins made history by jumping from a height of 25,000 feet into a net without a parachute.
A veteran of 18,000 jumps, Aikins managed to complete the stunt without mishap! What’s more, he landed right in the middle of the 100 X 100ft net!
This daredevil man took only a few minutes to get over his adrenaline rush. He regained his composure, dusted himself off and went straight into the arms of his relieved and ecstatic wife, Monica.
This monumental jump was covered live by Fox. Amid his family members and a crowd of well-wishers, this epic stunt was concluded in the California desert.
To say that achieving this milestone was no easy feat, would be an understatement. It took Aikins 18 months of training and prepping to carry out this jump. In fact, the Screen Actors Guild had almost put a stop to this stunt by insisting that he wears a parachute for the stunt as a precautionary measure.
However, after a lot of negotiations, which went on till the plane was climbing to the jumping altitude, mind you, the Guild finally had a change of heart and the requirement was lifted.
When asked Aikins about the need to wear a parachute, he revealed that it would have made the jump even more dangerous. How you ask? Well, because of the need to adjust his position as he approached the net during the fall.
This unimaginable idea was conceived by his friend and physiologist, Chris Talley, about two years ago. Initially, Luke Aikins had turned the proposal down.
But he had a change of heart and he underwent months of intensive physical training and shed more than 12.7 Kgs for his big leap.
The jump was planned till the very last minute. He jumped out of the plane at 25,000 feet, shed his oxygen mask at 18,000 feet.
Lights were set along the side of the net to serve as a guide for Aikins to plan his angle accordingly. When he was on target, the lights shone white.
After free-falling for over 2 minutes on his front, he flipped on his back and landed on the net on his back which was suspended 200 feet (61 meters) above ground with a secondary net below it.
Check out the video of this badass guy performing the stunt:
After this historic achievement, Luke Aikins took to Facebook to thank everyone for their support.
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