Those who fail to learn from the past

…are doomed to stupid, pointless stunts. But what the hell; it’s his life.

Skydiver Becomes First Person to Jump and Land Without Chute
42-year-old skydiver with more than 18,000 jumps made history when he became the first person to survive a leap without a parachute. After a two-minute freefall, Luke Aikins flipped onto his back at the last second and landed dead center into a 100-by-100-foot net at the Big Sky movie ranch on the outskirts of Simi Valley in California.

Nope. Not the first. Not even the second. Shoot, not even the third, fourth, or fifth. And they didn’t have nets.

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2 thoughts on “Those who fail to learn from the past

  1. TRX July 31, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    > 18,000 jumpa

    That’s one jump per day for 49 years. He’s only 42.

    Figure he started jumping for a living at 18, that’s 24 years. The usual figure is 261 working days per year, so that’s 6,264 working days in 24 years. He’d have to average about three jumps a day, which seems like a full schedule even for a jump instructor.

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  2. wdg3rd July 31, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Slimy Valley is kinda famous for stupid stunts. Yeah, it was part of my territory when I was doing tech support on Radio Shack computers. Strange to think of the 1980s as the good old days, they weren’t then. Except I was getting laid regular and my feet didn’t hurt so much.

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