Skydiver Plans 25,000-Foot Jump With No Parachute
Luke Aikins has made more than 18,000 parachute jumps, but he's trying something new on Saturday. The experienced skydiver will be jumping out of a plane at 25,000 feet without a parachute, and without a wingsuit.
Instead, he'll be relying on his skill at directing his body in order to land on a net the size of about a third of a football field. That may sound big, but it's a ridiculously tiny target for someone approaching from the sky at 120 mph.
The net—on the property of a movie ranch north of Los Angeles—will be suspended 200 feet in the air, to—in theory—cushion Aikins' fall and slow him down, sort of like a giant hammock.
“We're talking about jumping without a parachute, and I take that very seriously. It's not a joke,” Aikins told the Associated Press. “If I wasn't nervous I would be stupid.”
But he thinks the jump is a statement on mankind's potential.
“I'm proving that we can do stuff that we don't think we can do if we approach it the right way,” said Aikins.
Lest you think Aikins' death-defying jump is the result of a whim, rest assured that not only have he and his team been busy preparing, but the stunt has also been well-branded.
If you'd like to watch Aikins' two-minute jump, FOX will broadcast it live as part of a one-hour special “Heaven Sent” at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
There is also a Heaven Sent game.