His name is Luke Aikins. He is 42-years-old. Aikins is a professional skydiver. He will try to do the unthinkable this weekend. Aikins will skydive from 25,000 feet, but without the aid of a parachute.
Aikins has been skydiving most of his adult life, and he’s trained some of the world’s most elite skydivers, according to Fox News. But the jump of his life will be broadcast live on FOX network this coming Saturday at 8pm. It’s part of an hour-long show called “Heaven Sent.”
Aikins will be wearing the clothes on his back — that’s it — there is no hidden parachute or expandable wings. In jumping without a parachute he is attempting to become the first person to land safely on the ground in a net.
“If I wasn’t nervous I would be stupid,” said Aikins. “We’re talking about jumping without a parachute, and I take that very seriously. It’s not a joke,” he adds.
FROM FOX NEWS WEBSITE: Nearby, a pair of huge cranes defines the boundaries where the net in which Aikins expects to land is being erected. It will be about one-third the size of a football field and 20 stories high, providing enough space to cushion his fall, he says, without allowing him to bounce out of it. The landing target, which has been described as similar to a fishing trawler net, has been tested repeatedly using dummies.
One of those 200-pound (91-kilogram) dummies didn’t bounce out. It crashed right through.
Fox has had little to say about the stunt other than it will be broadcast on a tape delay, as is the case with all its live broadcasts, says network spokesman Les Eisner. It contains a warning not to try this at home.
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