92 Year Old Skydiver Jumps From 17,000 Feet Up For His Birthday
Jul 26, 2014 10:49 PM
ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -
An Orange County man is celebrating after completing a pretty impressive accomplishment for his birthday.
Ninety-two-year-old Christopher Wulin skydived from over 17,000 feet up, becoming one of the oldest people to ever complete Skydive Orange's "halo jump".
Christopher Wulin says it was his son, the owner of Skydive Orange, who first convinced him to take on the challenge of throwing himself out of an airplane. This was his second jump ever, and he went over 3,000 feet higher than before.
"I'm not the kind of hero type; I want to do this for myself. I want to show that I have the courage to myself," said Wulin.
Wulin says he wants to live his last years to the fullest so he's doing something many might think impossible at his age. "I want to jump at the highest height I can do it. I want to jump every year until I'm 100," he said.
So with skydive instructor Mario Ripa on hand, Wulin suited up Friday, and got ready for the ride of his life. Because of his age, and the 17,000 foot height he'd be jumping from, there were several safety considerations. "We wanted to make sure he had a good flow of oxygen on the airplane, that's the reason we had the mask instead of the canon like we did," Ripa said.
They also suited him up with special equipment. "With the pants and the equipment we wore, it allowed me to hold his legs up on landing, so he basically didn't even have to touch down,” said Ripa.
Wulen and Ripa boarded the plane and quickly rode to their jumping altitude. Then, with several camera men in tow, the pair took off. They fell for around a minute and a half before pulling the chute. Wulin says the scariest part was the wait to jump.
"I’m sitting on the edge of that plane, the doors are open, and I'm looking down and I see these little tiny houses and little tiny cars, and I said I'm going to jump, I'm not going to be embarrassed, I'm going to jump, even if I go squish,” said Wulen.
Ripa says Wulin has proved to him that skydiving isn't just for the young. "Everybody pretty much can do it; it's just whether you want to take a chance,” he said.
Back on the ground, Wulin said he hasn't had enough: "It was dandy, I'm ready to do it again.”
Wulin is the second oldest person to ever go skydiving at Skydive Orange. The oldest was a 93-year-old woman. Wulin says he intends to beat that record in a few years.
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