Southern California

Skydiver Plans Parachute-Free Televised Stunt

A skydiver is planning to jump out of a plane at 25,000 feet without a parachute in the Southern California desert later this month in a televised stunt.

He plans to land on something resembling a slide that will take him safely to firm ground.

Luke Aikins is a third-generation skydiver and has performed more than 18,000 jumps, according to a statement. This time he's forgoing the parachute as part of a TV special, with Stride Gum sponsoring the stunt.

He previously helped Felix Baumgartner train for his jump from the Stratos module.

"Whenever people attempt to push the limits of what's considered humanly possible, they're invariably described as crazy," Aikins said in a statement. "But to me, this jump is simply the next logical step in a lifetime of extreme challenges."

The jump will air in a FOX special, "Stride Gum Presents Heaven Sent," July 30.

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