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Local WWII Vet Celebrates 87th Birthday By Skydiving

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Dinwiddie, VA—A former Army paratrooper who fought in World War II made his first skydive in 57 years on Sunday at Dinwiddie County Airport.

Andrew Sheffield says age doesn't matter. To prove it, he decided to jump out of a plane for his 87th birthday.

"It's just something I want to do. I don't know anyone else my age that's done it. I'm in good enough shape to do it...so why not?"

Sheffield is no stranger to jumping from fast-moving planes: he was a paratrooper in World War II. The Dinwiddie native believes he is the first person to skydive at the Dinwiddie County Airport, a jump he completed back in 1963.

He told 8News that he wasn't nervous about Sunday's jump, and he fearlessly jumped from a plane, free-falling at least 11,000 feet through the air.

Sheffield was all smiles after his big jump, and ready for his next big adventure.

"I feel very good. I'm on the ground walking, breathing. I'd do it again."

He enjoyed the jump so much, in fact, that he plans on doing another…when he is 90! He is determined not to let his advanced years slow him down.

"I can't think of anything else a person should do at age 87 but jump out of a plane. You've got no business not jumping out of a plane."

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