‘…In 2016, Luke Aikins became the first person to intentionally jump and land without the aid of a parachute or wingsuit — check out the video above to see how he does it…
I recommend you also watch a video of the jump narrated by Aikins as he talks through what’s happening before, during, and after the jump….
FYI: The jump height of 25,000 feet seems impressive (and it’s probably trickier hitting the target from higher up) but in terms of speed, about 1500 feet is sufficient for a freefalling human in the spread-eagle position to reach their maximum (terminal) velocity of ~120 mph. Anything over 1500 feet, about half the height of El Capitan’s granite face, doesn’t add any additional speed.
– via Kottke
Thank heavens for the miracle of internet video so I can experience something you would never ever get me to do in the flesh!