LOS ANGELES A 42 -year-old skydiver with more than 18,000 prances formed biography Saturday when he grew the first person to rush without a parachute and shore in a net instead.
After a two-minute freefall, Luke Aikins landed dead center in the 100 -by-1 00 -foot net at the Big Sky movie ranch on the suburbs of Simi Valley.
As glees began, Aikins swiftly climbed out, moved over and hugged his wife, Monica, who had “re watching” from the sand with their 4-year-old son, Logan, and other family members.
“I’m almost levitating, it’s incredible, ” the gleeful skydiver said, conjuring his hands over his head as his wife contained their son, who dozed in her arms.
“This thing just happened! I can’t even get the words out of my speak, ” he contributed as he thanked the dozens of crew members who spent two years facilitating him prepare for the jump-start, including those who made the fishing trawler-like cyberspace and formed sure it actually worked.
The stunt, programme live on the Fox network for the TV special “Stride Gum Presents Heaven Sent, ” virtually didn’t come off as contrived when Aikins disclosed just before climbing into his airliner that the Screen Actors Guild had told him to wear a parachute to ensure his safety.
Aikins didn’t say what motivated the original limited, and representatives for the indicate and the Screen Actors Guild did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages.
Aikins said he considered pulling out at that point because having the parachute canister on his back would offset his arrive in the net much more dangerous. If he had to wear it he said he wouldn’t bother to attract the ripcord anyway.
“I’m going all the way to the net , no question about it, ” he said from the plane. “I’ll precisely must be addressed the consequences when I land of wearing the parachute on my back and what it’s going to do to my body.”
A few minutes before the jump one of the show’s hosts said the requirement had been lifted. Aikins left the plane without the chute.
He jumped with three other skydivers, each wearing parachutes. One had a camera, another trailed inhale so people on the sand could follow his swoop and the third made an oxygen canister he passed off after they got to an altitude where it was no longer needed.
Then the others opened their parachutes and left him on his own.
Aikins declared before the jump-start he was nervous and his mother said she was one family member who wouldn’t watch.
When his love Chris Talley came up with the idea two years ago, Aikins declared he passed it down cold.
“I kind of laugh and I say,’ Ok, that’s great. I’ll help you find somebody to make love ,’ ” he told The Associated Press as he trained for the jump-start last week.
A couple of weeks after Talley drew his proposal Aikins called back and said he would do it. He’d been the backup jumper in 2012 when Felix Baumgartner grew the first skydiver to smash the speed of sound during a jump-start from 24 miles above Earth.
The 42 -year-old daredevil drew his first tandem jump-start when he was 12, following with his first solo rush 4 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 formed 2,000 prances. His lineage owns Skydive Kapowsin near Tacoma, Washington.
Aikins is also a safety and training adviser for the United States Parachute Association and is certified to coach both students and skydiving teachers. His business Para Tactics equips skydiving trained to Navy Seals and states members of privileged fighting forces.