90-year-old Man Skydives for His Birthday

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AP / Bangor Daily News

Former Navy pilot Lester Slate jumped from a plane at 10,000 feet for his 90th birthday in Pittsfield, Maine.

Former Navy pilot Lester Slate learned how to use a parachute nearly 70 years ago during World War II but he didn’t skydive until this week — on his 90th birthday. On Sunday, Slate, with the help of a tandem skydiver, jumped from an airplane at 10,000 feet over Pittsfield, Maine, reports the Bangor Daily News. (Watch a video of him skydiving here.)

Slate says he was inspired by former president George H.W. Bush, who skydived on his 85th birthday in 2009. The jump, which was witnessed by more than 50 of his family members and friends, was Slate’s birthday present to himself. When asked if he enjoyed the parachute jump, Slate said he would like to do it again for his 95th or 100th birthday.

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3 comments
dmzpatrol583760
dmzpatrol583760

I don't see the big deal about tandem jumping.  Strap on the parachute and do it solo.  Furthermore, what's so dangerous about skydiving?  Age doesn't have a thing to do with skydiving, so stop praising those who do a tandem jump at 90 years of age. The guy waited until he was ready to die to make a parachute jump.  That's not bravery. That's common-sense. 

jensensah
jensensah

Good for him!!! Keep on living!!!! What a great inspiration!!! 

dmzpatrol583760
dmzpatrol583760

@jensensah  The guy is 90 years old.  He doesn't have that long to live under any circumstances.  I jumped from 10,000 feet several times and also from a tower on top of a hotel.  Take some ground training and then see for yourself how easy it is to jump solo. It's more dangerous walking across the street. Jumping Tandem is nothing.