A man made history on Saturday when he jumped out of an airplane thousands of feet above the Earth -- without a parachute or a wingsuit -- and lived to tell the tale. No, his name isn't Johnny Utah. Rather, the insane "Heaven Sent" stunt was successfully carried out by 42-year-old skydiver and daredevil Luke Aikins.
As you can see in the Associated Press video above, Aikins leaps out of a plane at 25,000ft -- almost twice the altitude of a typical skydiving jump -- and plummets to the ground at more than 100mph. But instead of floating safely back to Earth with the help of a parachute or a wingsuit, Aikins relies on riding air currents before miraculously landing squarely -- and safely -- on a two-tiered, 10,000sqft net set up to catch him in California's Simi Valley. Sure gives a terrifying new meaning to the phrase "nothing but net," right?
Aikins, who has more than 18,000 jumps under his belt, is officially the first person in history to jump from a plane and land safely on the ground without a parachute, according to a report by the AP. The stunt involved more than two years of practice, planning, and dozens of crew members to pull off. In the moments after landing in the net, Aikins stood up and hugged his wife, Monica, who watched the spectacle unfold with their son, Logan.
"This thing just happened!" he said, per the report. "I can't even get the words out of my mouth."
Suddenly, even naked skydiving seems pretty reasonable.