World War II Vet Celebrates 90th Birthday by Skydiving, Days After His Brother Dies
“I’m ready to do this!” the former navy radio operator said just minutes before jumping out of the plane at 13,000 feet and freefalling at 120 miles per hour.
Sharon Holcomb Walsh, director of marketing at Skydive Indianapolis, told InsideEdition.com that Curtis showed no fear during the jump last month. “He’s been coming to Skydive Indianapolis frequently and basically knows everyone,” she said.
While it was a birthday wish for Curtis, skydiving was also in honor of his late brother who passed away just days before.
Skydive Indianapolis told InsideEdition.com that Robert kept his brother’s memory alive by keeping their pact to check the experience off their bucket lists.
According to Walsh, it is not uncommon for people over the age of 50 to skydive.
“They are incredibly inspirational!” she said.
The veteran performed a tandem skydive, which is typical for first-time divers.
In the video, you can see Curtis and professional skydiving instructor Ryan Kramer with their hands in the air and smiles on their faces.
Kramer described Curtis as "one of his best students" and "held his positions and listened intently to the instructions."
According to Walsh, “Skydiving is safe for all ages, 18 and older; it builds confidence and the best thing to remember is to stay calm.”