PALATKA, Fla. – A United States veteran who served during the Korean War spent his 90th birthday jumping out of a perfectly good airplane in Palatka.
Bill Jackson of Middleburg took a tandem skydive with Skydive Palatka. His daughter, Linda Dean, shared video of his trip from the heavens back down to solid ground.
Jackson said it first came up during a conversation with a friend.
"A good friend of mine sitting across from me said, 'What are you going to do next year for your birthday?' and I pointed up," said Jackson. "I felt like I was falling for five seconds then just wind, just real strong wind. Then we got settled down and straightened out."
He continued, "I was a little glad to feel that parachute open because I knew everything's going to be okay."
The 90-year-old said jumping out of a plane was easy because he went through training while in the military. He spent several years in the Navy as an aviation metalsmith in the 1940s and later enlisted in the Army as a battalion supply sergeant.
Jackson is retired from JEA and is a member of Black Pond Baptist Church. He said he's looking forward to turning 91 and taking another skydive.