Man Celebrates 90th Birthday With Skydiving


EXETER, Maine, (UPI) — A 90-year-old Maine man who flew planes for the Navy and Coast Guard celebrated his 90th birthday by going sky diving.

Retired Navy Capt. Lester Slate of Exeter, who flew planes for the Navy and Coast Guard for 40 years, said his tandem jump Sunday at Pittsfield Airport through Central Maine Skydiving was the culmination of a dream he’s had ever since he first trained as a pilot, the Bangor Daily News reported Monday.

“The Navy taught us how to use (parachutes) but they wouldn’t let us, unless it was an emergency,” Slate said before his jump.

Slate, who said he was inspired by former President George H.W. Bush celebrating his 85th birthday with a parachute jump, said he might consider repeating his stunt.

“When I get to be 95, or maybe 100,” he said after landing on the ground.

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