Watch: Skydiver jumps 25,000 feet without parachute – and lives!

'And I'm FREEEEEEE FALLING'

Freefalling The 42-year-old made the jump over the weekend

American Luke Aikins made history over the weekend by becoming the first person to jump from 25,000 ft without a parachute – and survive!

Aikins, who has made similar jumps throughout his life, 18,000 jumps in total – landed in the centre of the safety net, in Simi Valley, southern California.

During the two-minute fall, which was aired live on Fox television, the 42-year-old Aikins reached the speed of 120mph. Upon landing he climbed out of the net and hugged his wife and young son to huge cheers.

Speaking to the BBC after the jump he was over joyous at the experience and compared it to levitating.

He said: “This thing just happened! I can’t even get the words out of my mouth.”

The jump was nearly cancelled at the last minute after organisers ordered him to wear a parachute, which would have impacted on his fall, only to make an eleventh hour change of mind and allow him leap without one.

Watch Aikins’ history-making jump below…

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Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran