American Luke Aikins registered his name into the record books by becoming the first person ever to leap from twenty five thousand feet without a parachute or wing suit.
“I mean, I’m almost levitating. It’s incredible, this thing that just happened. I mean, the words I want to say I can’t even get out of my mouth,” he enthused. “It was… All these guys, everybody who made this thing happen, helping me do this, it is awesome.”
A skydiver by profession, who has carried eighteen thousand jumps under his belt.
Mr. Aikins began his dive at an altitude of 25,000 feet. Viewers watched him plummet, legs and arms spread, stomach down. Around 18,000 feet, he removed his oxygen mask and passed it to one of the three parachuted assistants diving with him. He aimed for the centre of the net, guided by GPS and lights.
The 42-year-old free fell at speeds of up to 193 kilometres per hour over Simi Valley, California, and finished with a perfectly-judged landing.
After two minutes of hurtling towards the ground, he landed squarely in the centre of a 30×30 metre net, where his wife Monica and 4-year-old son were waiting along with others to congratulate him.