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Without parachute first skydiver made history jumped from 25,000 feet height

Without parachute first skydiver made history jumped from 25,000 feet height. Landing almost in the middle of the 100ft by 100ft net.

Luke Aikins, 42, Skydiver a veteran of 18,000 jumps, completed the stunt without mishap.

Landing almost in the middle of the 100ft by 100ft net.

Without parachute first skydiver made history jumped from 25,000 feet height.

Without parachute first skydiver made history jumped from 25,000 feet height.

The skydiver has made history by becoming the first person to jump 25,000 feet without a parachute.

Luke Aikins, 42, a veteran of 18,000 jumps, completed the stunt without mishap, landing almost in the middle of the 100ft by 100ft net.

Taking only a few moments to regain his composure, Mr Aikins dusted himself off, clambered out of the net and jumped into the arms of his very relieved wife, Monica.

The leap, which  broadcast by Fox, watched by other members of the family.

And a crowd of well-wishers packed into an improvised spectator stand in the California desert.

After 18 months of preparation, the Screen Actors Guild almost put a spanner in the works by insisting that he wore a parachute for the stunt as a precaution.

However following further negotiations, which continued while the plane was climbing to the jumping altitude.

The Guild had a change of heart and the requirement was lifted.

Mr Aikins said the need to wear a parachute would have made the jump more dangerous because of the need to adjust his position as he approached the net.

The idea was first dreamed up by a friend and physiologist, Chris Talley, about two years ago.

And initially Mr Aikins – the father of a small son – turned the proposal down.

Without parachute first skydiver made history jumped from 25,000 feet height.

But having changed his mind, Mr Aikins went through months of intensive physical training, shedding more than two stone as he readied himself for his big leap.

The jump itself schemed to almost the last foot.

He jumped out of the plane at 25,000 feet, shed his oxygen mask at 18,000 feet.

He used lights on the net to position himself, plunging towards the net at 150 mph.

The last bit of the jump entailed flipping over onto his back a couple of seconds before landing in the net.

It completed to perfection.

“I am almost levitating. It is incredible what has happened,” Mr Aikins said afterwards. “It is awesome.”