is he praying before jumping?

is he praying before jumping?

Although my friend Joe Adler still works energetically seven days a week, he is really not very athletic. In fact, his physical activities only include walking up and down one flight of stairs and strolling infrequently around a lake wearing Heavy Hands. But for his 75th birthday, he decided to set a record and wrote the following:

I don’t usually acknowledge birthdays — but yesterday I decided to commemorate the day by jumping from a perfectly good plane at 10,000 feet — with the added handicap of an almost perfect stranger strapped to my back!

flying like a bird

flying like a bird

After filling out the paperwork, they advised me that anything could happen — including “injury or death” — with no legal recourse on my part.
I was then asked to view a video where the developer of the Tandem system vowed that no system, no equipment, no instructor is perfect.

Here’s are some stills from my Leap of Faith — not easy for an avowed Atheist!
And here is the video .

fearless and relaxed like a pro

fearless and relaxed like a pro

When I was in the army, I jumped five times to earn my wings. But these were combat style from just 1200 feet and attached to a clothesline. My brother made 66 jumps between military and civilian. But his highest freefall was a “mere” 6500 feet. And that is why in our little group, Joe is the recordholder and champion!

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