If someone asked you to jump out of an airplane, would you do it? Many of you are probably shaking your head no. How about without a parachute. Don’t look at us like we’ve lost our mind. We’re serious!
No way in hell right? What if we told you that a man willingly jumped out of an airplane at 25,000 feet without a parachute – and lived. Too amazing to believe right? Believe it or not, this feat took place on July 30th when professional stuntman Luke Aikins performed the daring feat on live TV.
Aikins is a professional stuntman who has appeared in films such as Iron Man 3. Ironically, he is a safety advisor for the U.S. Parachute Association. This made it even more incredible that Aikins would attempt such a crazy feat, at least willingly.
The stunt was called “Heaven Sent” and Aikins fell 25,000 ft without a parachute into a 10,000 square foot net. To put that in perspective, that is about the 1/3 the size of an American Football field and he had to hit this target falling from over 4 miles in the air.
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While Aikins feat was amazing, it actually pales in comparison to what happened to JAT Airlines stewardess Vesna Vulović. On January 26, 1972, JAT Flight 367 crashed after a bomb exploded over Srbská Kamenice in what is now the Czech Republic.
Vulović was pinned inside the airplane by a service cart and she proceeded to go down with the craft, falling an incredible 33,333 feet. While the injury left her paralyzed from the waist down, Vulović amazingly survived the ordeal.
Fortunately, Aikins had a pair of nets to catch him and he was able to easily walk away from his incredible fall. Check out the video below to watch the fall in real-time as it appeared on the Fox TV network.