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Fly Like an Eagle ... Indoors

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Posted on January 28th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

What goes up must come down. That's why you hesitate to try skydiving. But what if you could get a similar experience just a few feet off the floor? SkyVenture Orlando is an indoor windtunnel where beginners and experts alike practice and experience freefall. It can come in handy when you're out to set a world record.

After you watch this video,
click here to see the world record attempt!

Ready to jump? Check out these daredevils.

It's one of the most inspiring, empowering and unforgettable world records ever, and only Growing Bolder was there to document it. Come along as the Skydivers Over Sixty smash a world record.

Chet Poland was the world's oldest skydiver when he passed away in his mid-90's. We were fortunate enough to spend a little quality time with Chet when he was a very young 90 years old. He taught us in Jumping for Joy that it's never too late to enjoy the thrill of a good jump and the companionship of good friends.

Skydiver, stunt driver, parasailor, aspiring actor and ventriloquist and recent Clown Camp graduate Frank Taylor is always looking for his next adventure. He talked to Growing Bolder about why he feels compelled to keep pushing himself -- and his body -- now that he's in his 70s.

Skydiving simulators are increasingly popular with 50+ thrill seekers. They provide the fun, and you don't actually have to jump out of a plane. Today's simulators are indoor high-tech wind tunnels. But the forerunner was an old DC-3 propeller standing on end. Dangerous? Noisy? Fun? Yes. Yes. And Yes. Just the ticket in this GB Classic.

Time flies and so does this mother-son skydiving team. Growing Bolder found a unique tandem whose definition of spending quality time together involves taking the plunge at 13,500 feet.

What happens when a group of men over the age of 60 all jump out of a plane at the same time? The Sky Fossil, Norman Olson is back with a dramatic story of how close they came to a new world record, and a devastating injury -- listen to our interviews here and here.

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  • Posted 11:09am January 29th, 2009

    Thanks to Growing Bolder for covering the 2009 Skydivers Over Sixty (SOS) world record event at Skydive Deland and indoor skydiving coaching at SkyVenture Orlando.

    Sooner or later, EVERY sport parachutist in the world will be age 60 and eligible for membership in SOS.  The talent pool grows larger and deeper every month with highly experienced skydivers joining our ranks.

    If you're looking for a competitive skydiving series that combines skills with great camaraderie, SOS is the place for you.         

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