This man just jumped from 25,000 feet WITHOUT A PARACHUTE
Does that headline alone make anyone else feel just a little dizzy? If it does, prepare yourself, because the full story is a lot more terrifying.
Last night, Fox teamed up with Stride gum to bring us Heaven Sent, a TV special starring Luke Aikins, 25,000 feet of air, and exactly zero parachutes. Yikes.
The stunt had never been tried before — but Aikins is no stranger to an adrenaline rush. According to Fox Carolina, Aikins started skydiving at the age of 12 in a tandem jump, then went solo at the age of 16. These days, at age 42, Aikins averages about 800 jumps a year.
He’s completed 18,000 parachute jumps, participated in world-record making stacking jumps, and even loaned his expertise to stunt work on Ironman 3.
But this is the first time he — or anyone — has attempted anything quite like this.
The plan was for Aikins to jump 25,000 feet without a parachute, or even a wing suit, relying only on his skills and experience to steer himself safely into this safety net on the ground.
Even just hearing about it had us like…
And then, because we were feeling brave, we decided to (attempt to) watch.
And he made it!
“I’m almost levitating. It’s incredible, this thing that just happened,” Aikins admitted after pulling it off.
“The words I want to say I can’t even get out of my mouth. Baba booey.”
Baba booey is right. You can watch the full video on Pay-Per-View here. Just try not to cover your eyes the whole time.