A 90-year-old Alabama woman celebrated her birthday by jumping out of a plane accompanied by her two sons.
Marion Stangler went to the Emerald Coast Skydiving Center on Saturday morning with her two boys, Al Martin, 69, and Jeff Martin, 65, and the trio ended up in a plane at 13,000 feet. They didn’t stay there for long.
“Prior to that, I had decided to go skydiving after having a few drinks. Well, that’s the truth, so here I am,” said Stangler. She said that her sons weren’t originally too keen about taking the plunge but they changed their minds after some convincing. "They thought I was crazy. But they eventually decided to go with me, so I guess they’re as crazy as I am," Stangler said.
"I think it was, we were talking about different people that did crazy things, and I think I said George Bush jumped out of a plane for his 80th birthday, so then came that sounds like a good idea," said Stangler’s son Jeff.
Son Al saw it as a once in a lifetime opportunity. "How often do you get the chance to go with your mom and do something this crazy?" he said.
More than a dozen of Stangler’s closest friends from the Veranda Retirement home in Pensacola came to offer their support for the jumpers, Fox 10 reports.
After reaching the right altitude, the boys jumped out first with Stangler following close behind. Stangler is glad she did it, but doesn’t see herself going skydiving again anytime soon.
“The free fall was the scariest part. I didn’t think the parachute would ever open and when it did, I didn’t even realize it,” she said. “But I’m very thankful I’m down on the ground.”
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