Thursday 19 October 2017

US man skydives on 100th birthday

Vernon Maynard, bottom, skydives over California James Perez to celebrate his 100th birthday (Skydive Perris/US Parachute Association/AP)
Vernon Maynard, bottom, skydives over California James Perez to celebrate his 100th birthday (Skydive Perris/US Parachute Association/AP)
Vernon Maynard, bottom, skydives over California James Perez to celebrate his 100th birthday (Skydive Perris/US Parachute Association/AP)

When Vernon Maynard's friends asked him what the one thing he wished he had done in his 100 years of life, the Southern California man's reply was that the'd always wanted to jump out of a plane.

And the retired car dealer got the chance to mark his centenarian birthday by doing just that after his friends arranged a jump.

Jean Walcher of the US Parachute Association says Mr Maynard and his two great nephews made their first skydive along with trained instructors from 13,000ft over Los Angeles.

Skydive Perris manager Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld says Mr Maynard obtained a doctor's note before making the jump.

Mr Maynard's daughter Linda Hironimus says her father's friends made arrangements for him to skydive after he said he always wanted to try it.

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