RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A World War Two veteran reached new heights recently to celebrate his 90th birthday.
“I really didn’t want him to do it,” Carolyn Sheffield told 8News how she felt when she first learned her 90-year-old husband wanted to skydive for his birthday.
Her husband, Andrew Sheffield, is no stranger to going air borne.
“I started jumping when I was 18 years old, and I’ve jumped just about all my life. And it’s just a thing you’ve got to do, especially at this age, you’ve got to jump,” he said.
His family doesn’t seem to worried about the jump.
“He’ll be fine … This is like his 591st jump, so if anybody can do it, it’ll be him,” one family member said.
Not everyone was so quick to give the green light.
“My wife tried to talk me out of it. I conned her into it, so she decided to go for it,” Andrew said.
His wife expressed her hesitation.
“I told him last night, if he lives to be 100, don’t ask me to be in favor of him doing this [again],” Carolyn said.
Andrew’s son and granddaughter join him in the air, making it three generations skydiving together.
“I used to watch my dad do this back in the 60s when everyone was still using round parachutes, and I just thought it was awsome,” Andrew’s son said. “So for my dad to say, do you want to go sky-diving, it’s like, well yeah, sure.”
Andrew’s wife gave him one last kiss for good luck and he took off, inspiring everyone around him.
“I just think it’s awesome that somebody his age wants to come out and jump and live and do this. I’m just really proud to be able to jump with him,” his granddaughter said.
Andrew recognized his own good fortune.
He said, “Fortunately, I’m well enough to do it, and that’s what makes the difference.”