Guinness World Records can now confirm a new record for daredevil skydiver Luke Aikins (USA) who leaped 25,000 ft (7,600 m) from a plane without wearing a wingsuit or a parachute.
The extremely dangerous stunt – named ‘Heaven Sent’ – took place last Saturday and is officially the Highest skydive without a parachute ever.
During the freefall, the 42-year-old American had only his body and a GPS unit to direct his movements towards the 10,000-square-foot net he needed to land in, in order to survive the jump.
The historic skydive brought him to a staggering freefall speed of 120 mph (193 km/h).
The two-minute jump went seamlessly and thousands of people watching Fox television’s live broadcast of the event saw Luke land safely in the net in Simi Valley, southern California, USA.
Following the jump, Luke said: "I'm almost levitating, it's incredible. The thing that just happened. The words I want to say I can't even get out of my mouth.”
During the record-breaking jump, Luke travelled with three other professional skydivers who were there to collect his discarded oxygen tank after 10,000 ft and trail smoke so that viewers on the ground could follow his progress. However, they all released parachutes at 5,000 ft.
Luke spent a year and a half preparing for the extraordinary feat and has completed around 18,000 skydives in his lifetime.
An experienced airplane and helicopter pilot, Luke also runs a skydiving school and has even performed stunts in movies such as Iron Man 3.