For a former world-champion skydiver, one thing is clear about Luke Aikins' 25,000-foot freefall without the safety of a parachute: It took guts.
Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld told Inside Edition: “You just don't jump out of an airplane without a parachute. I've got 26,000 skydives and I never would have tried it, reguardless of the science. I wouldn't have the courage to do it.”
Aikins, a professional skydiver, performed the stunt Saturday with the goal of landing in a 100-by-100-foot net on the ground.
Brodsky-Chenfeld added: "Luke knew what he was doing. It was certain he could do it as planned."
Aikins hit his target, which saved him from certain death, and thus set the world record as the first person to jump from a plane without a parachute and live to tell about it.
Aikins' is a third generation skydiver and practiced the extreme jumpt for two years. The 42-year-old made his first tandem jump at the age of 12 and his first solo jump four years later. Both his father and grandfather were skydivers.
He has makes hundreds of jumps every year, but this record-breaking leap will likely be the most memorable.
Following his jump, Aikins appeared at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles.