You know that nightmare you have of falling through the sky at terminal velocity with no parachute? It finally came true for a daredevil skydiver in California over the weekend.
As the world watched, Luke Aikins, 42, plummeted 25,000 feet above California’s Simi Valley, having leapt from a plane along with three other skydivers, only to make a solo precision landing into a 100 foot x 100 foot, two-tiered net at 120 mph. The stunt was dubbed “Heaven Sent.”
After the nail-biter of a finish, Aikins remained still for a moment. Once the net was dropped to the ground, he got up and hugged his wife.
“As my wife Monica said, ‘Nothing but net’” Aikins, who has a 4-year-old son, wrote on Facebook after successful landing.
The professional stuntman has over 18,000 jumps to his credit—you’ve seen his work before if you ever watched a movie called Iron Man 3.
To prepare for this seemingly suicidal stunt, he did dozens of jumps—with a parachute—while aiming for a 100×100 foot target.
“To me, this jump is simply the next logical step in a lifetime of extreme challenges,” Aikins said.