What does a seasoned skydiver with thousands of jumps under his belt do to shake things up a bit?
After all, Even Dubya’s dad went skydiving on his 90th birthday. It’s hardly considered death-defying anymore.
What does this generation do if they’ve got that same spirit that drove the Test Pilots of yesteryear?
Some people put on one of those squirrel suits.
Ok, sure. But that’s still a controlled flight.
first ever NO-PARACHUTE jump pulled off by veteran skydiver……
Posted by Voice Of Malakand on Saturday, September 10, 2016
What about doing it without a parachute?
Sure, some people have lived through a jump where the parachute failed to open. But what about jumping without a parachute… on Purpose.
A 42-year-old skydiver with more than 18,000 jumps made history Saturday when he became the first person to survive a leap without a parachute.
After a two-minute freefall, Luke Aikins flipped onto his back at the last second and landed dead centre into a 30-by-30-metre net at the Big Sky movie ranch on the outskirts of Simi Valley in California. Cheers rose from those who gathered to watch the stunt, including his family.
The jump — from the death-defying altitude of 25,000 feet (7.6 kilometres) — makes Aikins the only skydiver ever to go from plane to planet Earth without a parachute.
As the cheers erupted, Aikins quickly climbed out, walked over and hugged his wife, Monica, who had been watching from the ground with their 4-year-old son, Logan, and other family members.
“I’m almost levitating, it’s incredible,” the jubilant skydiver said, raising his hands over his head as his wife held their son, who dozed in her arms.
So, who is this Luke Aikins, anyway?
The 42-year-old daredevil made his first tandem jump when he was 12, following with his first solo leap four years later. He’s been racking them up at several hundred a year ever since.
His father and grandfather were skydivers, and his wife has made 2,000 jumps. His family owns Skydive Kapowsin near Tacoma, Wash.
Aikins is also a safety and training adviser for the United States Parachute Association and is certified to teach both students and skydiving instructors. His business Para Tactics provides skydiving training to Navy Seals and other members of elite fighting forces.
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