Delhi: In an astonishing and amazing feat, Luke Aikins on Sunday become the first skydiver in the world to successfully jump with no parachute or wingsuit and becoming the first skydiver to land safely on the ground in a net.
He landed in a net in Simi Valley, California after leaping from a plane at 25,000 feet (7,600 meters).
The net, the production crew members had set up, was about one-third the size of a football field and 20 stories high.
Aikins, a trained elite skydiver, fell for about two minutes and then flipped onto his back at the last second, landing perfectly in the 100-by-100-foot net at about 120 mph, as per media reports.
"Pay attention to the science and the math behind this. And we`ll show you what`s possible," he had said just before taking off, as per AFP.
His wife and other family members were at the spot to watch him.
He spent a year and a half preparing the death-defying feat.
Back on the ground, he said, "I`m almost levitating, it`s incredible. The thing that just happened. The words I want to say I can`t even get out of my mouth. All of these guys, everything that made it happen... It`s awesome."
Aikins, 42, has made 18,000 jumps and done stunts for 'Ironman 3' and other movies and runs a skydiving school in Washington state.
Also an airplane and helicopter pilot, Aikins made his first tandem jump when he was 12, following with his first solo leap four years later.
(With Agency inputs)