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    Luke Aikins - Skydiver No Parachute Jump.


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    Crazy Man Skydiver first to jump and land without chute

    Skydiver first to jump and land without chute


    Luke Aikins skydives without a parachute over Simi Valley, California. After a two-minute free fall, he landed dead centre in a 100-by-100-foot net at the Big Sky movie ranch. AP


    LOS ANGELES A 42-year-old skydiver with more than 18,000 jumps made history when he became the first person to survive a leap without a parachute.

    After a two-minute freefall, Luke Aikins flipped onto his back at the last second and landed dead center into a 100-by-100-foot net at the Big Sky movie ranch on the outskirts of Simi Valley in California. Cheers rose from those who gathered to watch the stunt, including his family.

    The jump from the death-defying altitude of 25,000 feet makes Aikins the only skydiver ever to go from plane to planet Earth without a parachute.

    As the cheers erupted, Aikins quickly climbed out, walked over and hugged his wife, Monica, who had been watching from the ground with their 4-year-old son, Logan, and other family members.

    "I'm almost levitating, it's incredible,'' the jubilant skydiver said, raising his hands over his head as his wife held their son, who dozed in her arms.

    "This thing just happened! I can't even get the words out of my mouth,'' he added as he thanked the dozens of crew members who spent two years helping him prepare for the jump, including those who assembled the fishing trawler-like net and made sure it really worked.

    The stunt, broadcast live on the Fox network for the TV special "Stride Gum Presents Heaven Sent,'' nearly didn't come off as planned when Aikins revealed just before climbing into his plane that the Screen Actors Guild had ordered him to wear a parachute to ensure his safety.

    Aikins didn't say what prompted the original restriction, and representatives for the show and the Screen Actors Guild did not immediately respond to phone and email messages
    Aikins said he considered pulling out at that point because having the parachute canister on his back would make his landing in the net far more dangerous. If he had to wear it he said he wouldn't bother to pull the ripcord anyway.

    "I'm going all the way to the net, no question about it,'' he said from the plane. "I'll just have to deal with the consequences when I land of wearing the parachute on my back and what it's going to do to my body.'

    Skydiver first to jump and land without chute | Bangkok Post: news

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    Oh fook , Mods please delete ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes View Post
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    Oh fook , Mods please delete ,
    Its okay that nutter deserves 2 threads.

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    Mental case. Probably easier than it looked though. He's done 18,000 jumps apparently and started when he was 12, and teaches special forces.

    But I wouldn't do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes
    The jump — from the death-defying altitude of 25,000 feet — makes Aikins the only skydiver ever to go from plane to planet Earth without a parachute.
    I bet there were a few more, but those were forced out and did not survive...But congratulations on his feat...And a great bullseye...

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    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey
    This guys got a pair.
    Bigger than Felix Baumgartner, the guy that jumped from space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Mental case. Probably easier than it looked though. He's done 18,000 jumps apparently and started when he was 12, and teaches special forces.

    But I wouldn't do it.
    99.999999% of others would not either.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes
    The jump — from the death-defying altitude of 25,000 feet — makes Aikins the only skydiver ever to go from plane to planet Earth without a parachute.
    I bet there were a few more, but those were forced out and did not survive...But congratulations on his feat...And a great bullseye...
    Great achievement and there's no way I'd do it but he wasn't the first....




    Nicholas Alkemade
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    Nicholas Stephen Alkemade
    Born 10 December 1922
    Loughborough, Leicestershire, England
    Died 22 June 1987 (age 64)
    Liskeard, Cornwall, England
    Allegiance United Kingdom
    Service/branch Royal Air Force
    Rank Flight Sergeant
    Unit No. 115 Squadron RAF
    Battles/wars Second World War
    Flight Sergeant Nicholas Stephen Alkemade (1922–1987) was a rear gunner in Royal Air Force Avro Lancaster heavy bombers during World War II, who survived—without a parachute—a fall of 18,000 feet (5,500 m) when abandoning his out-of-control, burning aircraft over Germany.

    On the night of 24 March 1944, 21-year-old Alkemade was one of seven crew members in Avro Lancaster B Mk. II, DS664,[1] of No. 115 Squadron RAF. Returning from a 300 bomber raid on Berlin, east of Schmallenberg, DS664 was attacked by a German Ju 88 night-fighter, [Note 1] caught fire and began to spiral out of control. Because his parachute was unserviceable, Alkemade jumped from the aircraft without one, preferring to die by impact rather than burn to death. He fell 18,000 feet (5,500 m) to the ground below.

    His fall was broken by pine trees and a soft snow cover on the ground. He was able to move his arms and legs and suffered only a sprained leg. The Lancaster crashed in flames, killing pilot Jack Newman and three other members of the crew. They are buried in the CWGC's Hanover War Cemetery.

    Alkemade was subsequently captured and interviewed by the Gestapo, who were initially suspicious of his claim to have fallen without a parachute until the wreckage of the aircraft was examined. He was a celebrated prisoner of war, before being repatriated in May 1945. (Reportedly, the Germans gave Alkemade a certificate testifying to the fact.)[2]

    Alkemade worked in the chemical industry after the war and died on 22 June 1987.

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    I can see this sport finding its way to a beach in Thailand soon.
    Tourist special price jump from 10,000 feet without a parachute land in net,1000 baht safety guaranteed.
    Jing jing.

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    There ws also a stewardess who fell approximately 10,160 meters (33,333 ft) and lived.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesna_Vulovi%C4%87

    40 years on, woman who survived 33,000 foot fall still faces questions - Telegraph


    Also that girl who fell a mere 10,000 ft in the Amazon.

    Juliane Koepcke fell 10,000ft to earth after plane crash and lived | Daily Mail Online

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    ..and Nicholas Stephen Alkemade didn't need a 100 x 100 special net?

    I suppose Lukes claim to fame? he did it voluntarily?

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    Seems there were a few others. Some were entangled in partially or late-opening chutes, some had their fall broken in various ways.

    10 Amazing Free Fall Survivors (free fall, vesna vulovic ) - ODDEE

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