GRANDAD TAKES THE PLUNGE

Dare­devil 90-year-old con­vinces grand­son to join him

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Nathan Spen­de­low nathan.spen­de­low@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FOR 90-year-old Jason Massey, jump­ing out of a plane at 13,000 feet is al­most sec­ond na­ture.

Af­ter suc­cess­fully land­ing his third tan­dem sky­dive with his 21-yearold grand­son, the Uxbridge res­i­dent wants to get back up there and do it all again.

He said: “I’m an old man now.

“I’ve got noth­ing bet­ter to spend my money on.”

Jason is used to tak­ing to the skies, hav­ing pre­vi­ously held a pi­lot’s li­cence and won­dered what it would be like to para­chute away.

He thought he was too old for skydiving but one day de­cided to have a go any­way – and has not looked back.

Skydiving with his 21year-old grand­son Bradley at Hin­ton Air­fields, in Northants, shows Jason likes to keep his ex­pe­ri­ences in the fam­ily.

“This is the sec­ond time I’ve gone with my grand­son,” he said. “He first went when he was 18. He was scared but he soon loved it once he was out of the plane.”

When asked if he would rec­om­mend it to any­one think­ing about skydiving for the first time, Jason said: “Of course I would rec­om­mend it, there’s no dan­ger in it at all all. The in­struc­tors are so skilled at what they do.

“It’s scary when you’re in the plane at 13,000 feet thanks to all the noise and the blank open space out­side.

“The fear only lasts for about half a minute though once your in­struc­tor kicks you out of the plane.

“Be­cause you’re in tan­dem, you’re the one out of the plane first!”

n THUMBS UP: Jason Massey skydiving with grand­son Bradley (above right)

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