Man falls out of sky, lands safely in net

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

AMER­I­CAN Luke Aikins leapt into the void at 25,000 feet (7,600 me­ters) on July 30 with no para­chute or wing­suit, be­com­ing the first sky­diver to land safely on the ground in a net.

Aikins – who has done movie stunts – spent a year and a half pre­par­ing the death-de­fy­ing feat, plum­met­ing at 120 miles-per-hour (193 kph) in Simi Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia.

Fox tele­vi­sion broad­cast the twominute jump live on an hour-long real­ity TV spe­cial.

“Pay at­ten­tion to the science and the math be­hind this. And we’ll show you what’s pos­si­ble,” said Aikins, 42, who runs a sky­div­ing school in Wash­ing­ton state, just be­fore tak­ing off.

There was a lot of method be­hind Aikins’ mad­ness: He has made more than 18,000 sky­div­ing jumps.

In all those years, he needed to use his emer­gency chute on 30 oc­ca­sions.

Also an air­plane and he­li­copter pi­lot, Aikins made his first tan­dem jump when he was 12, fol­low­ing with his first solo leap four years later.

Back on the ground, with his wife and fam­ily, he seemed stunned at his own bit of his­tory-mak­ing.

“I’m al­most lev­i­tat­ing, it’s in­cred­i­ble. The thing that just hap­pened. The words I want to say I can’t even get out of my mouth. All of th­ese guys, ev­ery­thing that made it hap­pen ... It’s awe­some.”

Aikins is a third-gen­er­a­tion sky­diver whose grand­fa­ther co­founded the sky­div­ing school af­ter re­turn­ing from World War II. –

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