90-year-old skydiver takes the plunge

Elderly skydivers not about 'peer pressure'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ward Young didn't let the fact that he's pushing 100 stop him from realizing a dream nearly lost decades ago. So, he jumped out of a plane.

The 90-year-old man said he wasn't nervous to literally take the plunge out of a plane high over Jacksonville. He said he's been through a lot in 90 years and skydiving was something different.

"I've always wanted to do it and I was in the Army and I signed up to sky dive and when they canceled my appointment, I had to go overseas and I didn't get to go and I didn't make it," Young said.


Ward Young upon his landing

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Sky Dive Jax Manager Tom Gade said Young wasn't his oldest client.

"Sky diving is real safe. You don't need to be young, you don't need to be active and in great shape," Gade said. "We get people in here that are in wheel chairs. We get people that are 90-years-old waiting for 100."

He said elderly people often want to try skydiving because it's something they have always thought about doing, and not about peer pressure.

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