A skydiver makes a 25,000-foot jump without a parachute and lives to tell about it


Imagine jumping from an airplane, feeling the wind against your body as you plummet to the earth. It must be an incredibly liberating feeling…unless you don’t happen to have a parachute on your back.

For Luke Aikins, falling from the sky for two minutes as he aims for a 100-x-100-foot net suspended 200 feet above the ground was a challenge he found irresistible and, on Saturday, it was a challenge he conquered. Aikins became the first person to try to skydive without a chute or wingsuit in a daring feat that was shown live on Fox. Although others have made chute-free dives, they were either grabbing a partner who was wearing a chute during descent or putting one on after jumping from the plane.