Local BBC Sites

Page last updated at 11:30 GMT, Monday, 21 March 2011
92-year-old jumps over Cumbria
John Hitchmough and sky-diving instructor
John Hitchmough is now the oldest person to sky-dive at Flookburgh

A 92-year-old World War II veteran has become the oldest person to sky-dive at a Cumbrian airfield.

John Hitchmough, from Halewood in Merseyside jumped out of a plane from Cark Airfield near Grange-over-Sands on Saturday, 19 March 2011.

It was his first parachute jump - 71 years after he joined the RAF.

John was raising money for the RAF Association (RAFA), which looks after RAF welfare.

Great thrill

He took up cart-racing at the age of 80 and had thought that would be his biggest ever thrill.

But then he decided to try his hand at tandem skydiving - jumping strapped on below an instructor - over Cumbria.

Speaking after the 14,000 ft jump John told BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Parr Breakfast Show: "it was a great thrill."

He said: "you're free-falling for 8,000 ft at a speed of 121 mph and then after that the shoot opens and everything is calm and serene."

Blowing off the cobwebs

"It really blows off the cobwebs and gives you a tremendous feeling of well-being," he added.

John also had another reason for taking on the challenge - as well for the thrill and excitement, he was raising money for a good cause.

All his sponsorship money will go to the RAF Association, which supports former and serving RAF personnel and their families.

The cause is close to John's heart - he joined the RAF in 1939 and spent time serving in Sierra Leone and Cape Town.

Skydiver wants sport recognition
15 Feb 11 |  People & Places
Family skydive in memory of Guard
27 Mar 10 |  South east
Amputee claims skydiving honour
14 Jan 10 |  Cumbria


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific