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Daredevil skydiver attempts highest jump without parachute

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 01:34

Skydiver Luke Aikins is set to attempt a world record in jumping out of a plane at 25,000 feet and landing without a parachute in a live television stunt later this month. John Russell reports.

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To many, doing a parachute jump is their greatest fear. However, renowned American skydiver Luke Aikins is about to go one further and jump out of a plane without a parachute. SOUNDBITE Skydiver Luke Aikins saying (English): "Well, we're jumping from 25,000 feet, we're going to freefall for about two minutes before we land and I'm going to land without a parachute, I'm going to land without a parachute, I'm going to land and get up and walk away without a wingsuit, a parachute, no nothing." The 42 year-old husband has been jumping for 26 years and has completed 18,000 jumps. Aikins, however, will be landing in something which is only being described as a kind of 'slide'. SOUNDBITE Skydiver Luke Aikens saying (English): "So that's a big drama. Everyone wants to know what we're going to land in and what I'm here to tell you is we're going to land in something, I need to land on my back. This device has been tested. We've been dropping stuff from helicopters from 1000 feet a dummy - just like me - and i catches it and it slows it down and the g-forces are right around four and a half to five g's, that's all for about one and half second you slow over and I slow down roughly over around 150 feet." Whiel Aikens says this is something he's been training for his whole life...variables like the wind could cause a bad outcome. The stunt is scheduled to be shown live on Fox in a one hour special on July 30th in an event called 'Stride Gum Presents Heaven Sent'.

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Daredevil skydiver attempts highest jump without parachute

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 01:34