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US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

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US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36935087

American Luke Aikins has become the first person to jump from 25,000 ft (7,620m) without a parachute, landing safely in a net.

Mr Aikins - who has more than 18,000 jumps under his belt - fell dead centre into the 100x100ft net in Simi Valley, southern California.

During the two-minute fall aired live on Fox television, the 42-year-old reached the speed of 120mph (193km/h).

Just one question, why?

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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

Why the hell not! I'd love to do that, although I know I wouldn't have the guts to actually carry it out, and I also with my luck if I did jump the net would be so tight I'd come out diced on the other side!

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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

Amazing how people can become famous for simply being completely nuts.

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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft


@Anonymous wrote:

...although I know I wouldn't have the guts to actually carry it out,

There's also a good chance you and your guts could be separated on the wayTongue


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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

Nowhere near as gut wrenching as a bungee jump I did years ago! Wink

 

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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

If he landed a little harder, the net probably would have turned him into diced meat... Grin

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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

Spectacular!! Well done that man Smiley

 

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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

Should be an Olympic event.

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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

Hopefully one or two politicians I can think of will want to try it as a great publicity stunt - I'd willingly volunteer to be in charge of the net! Crazy3

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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

 

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Made to try it more like, if they survive then they were innocent and anything they said was the truth.

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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

@gleneagles - No survivors then.Wink

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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

I have completed several Free fall jumps a lot of years ago BUT       never with no parachute Crazy2

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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

Makes me wonder what the next step is, orbital jumping from the ISS? Grin

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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

Don't think that's a suggestion made with a great deal of gravity. Roll_eyes

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Re: US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

If someone did it though, they would have a meteoric rise to fame!