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Skydiver to jump without any parachute at all

By T.K. Randall
July 29, 2016 · Comment icon 58 comments

Who needs a parachute anyway ? Image Credit: YouTube / nrk / Anders Helstrup
Skydiver Luke Aikins will be attempting to jump from 25,000ft and land in a safety net on live TV.
In a world first, the veteran daredevil will be attempting to land on a net after plummeting from an airplane without any parachute, wingsuit or safety gear whatsoever.

To make things worse he'll even be performing the entire stunt live on television.

"If I wasn't nervous I would be stupid," he said during a recent interview. "We're talking about jumping without a parachute, and I take that very seriously. It's not a joke."

Aikins is certainly no stranger to jumping from planes having already completed 18,000 skydives throughout a career which has included training elite skydivers and doing stunt work for movies.
The net he will be aiming to land on is around 20 stories high and half the size of a football field.

"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," he said. "I've got 18,000 jumps with a parachute, so why not wear one this time ?"

His record-breaking jump can be seen this Saturday at 8pm ET on the Fox Network.

Update: The outcome of the stunt can be viewed - here.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (58)

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Comment icon #49 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
Next time... A glass of water....
Comment icon #50 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake 8 years ago
credit to this guy: his stunt wasn't based around harming a snake or other unwilling animal.
Comment icon #51 Posted by alibongo 8 years ago
Yes, we'll all be queuing up to have a go ......not!
Comment icon #52 Posted by KelKel 8 years ago
Its cool but it's also sad because people like him always end up dying in the end, just like the guy who thought he could live with and study bears and then was eaten alive and the crocodile hunter, they take too many risks and they end up dead in the end
Comment icon #53 Posted by ChrLzs 8 years ago
To be fair, we all die in the end..  It's what you do with the part between that and being born that defines you.
Comment icon #54 Posted by KelKel 8 years ago
Yes obviously everyone dies in the end but it's stupid to cut your life short, he died for what, a thrill? I believe that there is so much more someone can do with their life, things that really matter like helping others it just seems like a waste to me
Comment icon #55 Posted by KelKel 8 years ago
Well that was a typo he didn't die but I'm just saying people die for a thrill, it's just there's so much more you can do with your life it doesn't make any sense to me to do things that you know may cut your life short
Comment icon #56 Posted by KelKel 8 years ago
Teach his own I guess but to me it's a waste, I think the person's focus is not on what should be in life just like the Crocodile Hunter he died young he had children that he never got to see grow up..  I understand he loved animals but he took unnecessary risks, just sad
Comment icon #57 Posted by noppohn 8 years ago
A lot of people paid good money to see him miss the net
Comment icon #58 Posted by Myles 8 years ago
To be fair, the money he earned for this can also help people. I drive to work each day - small risk. I went zip-lining with my daughters last week - Some risk I went on a roller coaster a month ago - some risk I was on a ladder cleaning out my gutters and installing gutter guards yesterday - medium risk I ate cake and ice cream yesterday (brother-in-laws birthday) - Some risk He enjoys it and makes money doing it.   Good for him. \

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