90 Year Old Man Skydives For The Second Time
With a step out the door of an airplane, Claude Williams made good on a half-century-old promise.
The 90-year-old Emerald, Wis., man went skydiving with his two sons Saturday, July 28, in Baldwin, Wis., to mark the 68th anniversary of his last jump — which was from a falling B-17 bomber during World War II.
Williams told co-workers in the 1960s that he would jump again on the anniversary of his 1944 jump if he reached 90 years old. Williams, who turned 90 on May 1, said he didn’t expect to live that long.
The staff at Skydive Twin Cities took extra care with him because of his age, especially the skydiving instructor to whom Williams was strapped, he said.
“He looked after me like a mother hen,” Williams said.
The jump went off without a hitch, he said, adding that there was a big group of family and friends cheering him on from the ground.