COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — A crowd has gathered at the George H.W. Bush presidential center at Texas A&M University as part of a birthday celebration for the 41st president and his wife...
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Naomi Hackmann once looked out at the clouds while traveling on an airline and wondered what it would be like to touch one.
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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — Casa Grande has been dealt another loss in its efforts to keep a skydiving company from establishing a drop zone at the municipal airport.
LEBANON, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine on Friday found the body of a skydiving instructor who became separated from his student during a tandem jump.
Brett Bickford, 41, of Rochester, New Hampshire, and his student participated in a jump about 2 p.m. Thursday near Skydive New England in Lebanon, officials said. The student called police after he landed safely and couldn't find his instructor.
LEBANON, Maine (AP) — The Latest on the search for a missing skydiving instructor in Maine (all times local):
Authorities in Maine have found the body of a skydiving instructor who became separated from his student during a tandem jump.
Officials say 41-year-old Brett Bickford of Rochester, New Hampshire, and his student participated in a jump around 2 p.m. Thursday near Skydive New England in Lebanon. The student called police after he landed safely and couldn't find his instructor.
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — An Illinois man skydiving in northern Colorado was sent to a hospital after his parachute became entangled on a powerline.
The Daily Times-Call reports rescuers found the 29-year-old man conscious and breathing Thursday morning after he landed on the lines near Longmont's Vance Brand Airport. He was taken to the hospital for a possible back injury.
THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Here's a question for you: What does a 92-year-old woman yell when she jumps out of an airplane for the first time?
"Grrranny-mo!" ("Geronimo!" Get it?)
Here's a better question, though: Why is a 92-year-old woman jumping out of an airplane in the first place?
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum is scheduled to drop in on the Fargo Airsho — literally.
Burgum says he will skydive with members of the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team on Saturday morning. Once on the ground, Burgum is scheduled to deliver opening remarks to attendees of the event at the Hector International Airport.
CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are coming to Massachusetts.
The precision aerial demonstration team is scheduled to perform Saturday and Sunday at the Great New England Air and Space Show at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.
It's the first time the Thunderbirds have performed at Westover in a decade.
STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — John Ciesielski of Kenosha sat waiting for more than four hours for his turn to jump 14,000 feet from a plane earlier this month.
A near-perfect blue sky, with a few wispy and fluffy clouds here and there, he couldn't have asked for a better day as at least two dozen family and friends held a cookout and gathered on the patio beneath the canopy created by the large viewing deck at Skydive Midwest at the Sylvania Airport in Sturtevant.
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A Brookhaven native who has spent his life falling out of the sky is headed to Europe next week to face the best the world has to offer in the sport of skydiving.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Developers have announced plans for a massive, $2 billion entertainment park outside of Columbus, Ohio.
Details for the planned 350-acre Planet Oasis park near Interstate 71 in Delaware County were released Thursday.
Representatives of developer Blue Horseshoe Ventures say the park will include indoor skydiving, an indoor water park and BMX racing. The park will also have several restaurants, hotels and a conference center.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Navy's famed Blue Angels are set to soar over Ohio this weekend for this year's Dayton Air Show.
The Dayton Daily News reports the fighter jet team is headlining the event, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Dayton International Airport.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ruling in the case of a gay skydiving instructor, a federal appeals court in New York on Monday became the second one in the country to declare that U.S. anti-discrimination law protects employees from being fired over their sexual orientation.
The decision could set the stage for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to settle the question once and for all.
SEBASTIAN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a German tourist got stuck in a tree while skydiving in Florida.
Treasure Coast Newspapers reports that the 60-year-old man ended up in a 20-foot tree at Donald MacDonald Park Friday afternoon. The park is just west of a Skydive Sebastian drop zone and the Sebastian Municipal Airport.
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has told Casa Grande that it must allow skydiving at the city's airport.
Skydive Coastal California has been doing business as Phoenix Area Skydiving at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport.
The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that a 24-page FAA order states that the city is in violation of several federal mandates pertaining to grants that the airport has received.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A tactical fighter and a parachute team will join previously announced attractions at an Ohio air show next year.
Dayton Air Show officials say the U.S. Army Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter and the U.S. Army Golden Knights will perform demonstrations at the event set for June 23-24 at Dayton International Airport.
GULFPORT, Fla. (AP) — A skydiving Santa looking to make a grand entrance while taking an Elf on the Shelf to a 9-year-old girl crashed into a tree and light pole before hitting a Florida beach and breaking his leg.
News outlets say George Krokus was dressed as Santa Claus during a skydive Saturday to deliver toys to the Tampa Bay Beach Bums Operation Santa Charity Volleyball Tournament.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A 93-year-old North Carolina veteran of World War II has gone skydiving for the first time.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Doug Gross joined the Army during the war in 1942 with plans to become a paratrooper, but instead was assigned to become an artilleryman.
HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has celebrated her 94th birthday by going skydiving along with her granddaughter and great-granddaughter.
Williamsport resident Eila (AY'-lah) Campbell says she figured she might not "make it for another year" at her age, so she took the 10,000-foot (3,048-meter) plunge on Sunday at Hazleton Regional Airport.
Granddaughter Sara Schuelke (SHOOL'-kee) and great-granddaughter Jess Fox also jumped. Each woman jumped separately but in tandem with an instructor.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man whose wife of nearly 64 years died in March has successfully completed a first-time skydiving jump in her memory.
Eighty-three-year-old Bill Rogers, of Manchester, tells WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/2wMn91U) he doesn't know if his wife, Natalie, would've liked it, but he knows she's smiling, and the event was about keeping her memory alive.
DUNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A New Hampshire skydiver who was blown off course in Massachusetts has been rescued after spending hours stuck about 70 feet (21 meters) up in a tree.
Dunstable police said late Sunday that Aatif Rathad, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, had been removed from the tree more than two hours after rescue teams were first dispatched.
Don Mayer, the airport manager at Pepperell Skydiving Center, tells WBZ-TV that Rathad is an experienced diver who missed the landing area.
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CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — Fourth of July revelers in Caldwell turned toward the sky this year not for fireworks but for the spectacle of a man jumping out of a plane with a 1,800-square-foot flag waving high over their heads.
That man is 24-year-old John Alcorn, a skydiving instructor at Sky Down Aviation in Caldwell. The flag jump has become a tradition to start the city's Fourth of July parade for the last five years, Sky Down co-owner Denise Janes said.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — She once set a speed record in a jet and in July, she did loops over Tacoma in her red biplane.
"But this is my favorite type of flying," Vicky Benzing said last Saturday as she flew so low across Puget Sound that it seemed as if she could reach out the cockpit and drag her fingers across the water. "There's just something special about flying low."
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush is celebrating his 93rd birthday with family on the Maine coast.
Bush was planning a low-key celebration Monday with his wife, Barbara Bush, and other family members at their summer home in Kennebunkport. She turned 92 last week.
The former president was hospitalized in the spring with a case of bronchitis, but his staff says he's doing well. He arrived in Maine last month.
LONDON (AP) — A 101-year-old D-Day veteran has become the oldest person in the world to skydive.
Bryson William Verdun Hayes completed a tandem skydive from 15,000 feet (4,500 meters) with members of his extended family on Sunday at an airfield in Honiton, southwestern England.
Among those jumping were Hayes' son, grandson, great-grandson and great-granddaughter.
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (AP) — There's a reason Randy Foland made it look easy as he steered his orange and purple parachute into a small clearing in a black spruce forest.
CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town is caught in the middle of dueling lawsuits filed by a skydiving company and the residents who want to ban it.
The Cape Cod Times reports (http://bit.ly/2o0GPWG ) that the company, Skydive Cape Cod, has accused Chatham officials of refusing to renew their lease at the town's airport despite an order from the Federal Aviation Administration.
HOUSTON (AP) — Surveillance video at an indoor skydiving facility in Houston shows an instructor quickly catching a toddler as the child falls backward off a counter.
The boy was standing on the counter holding onto his father when he tumbled backward.
Jesse "Tex" Leos, an instructor at iFly, was standing on the other side of the counter, saw the boy falling out of the corner of his eye and quickly reached out with his left hand to catch him before gathering him up in his arms.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence city officials are trying to determine if they have to allow skydiving at the city's airport now that the Federal Aviation Administration has determined that three areas could accommodate the activity.
The Lawrence Journal World reports (http://bit.ly/2khwqco ) that city attorneys are looking into the issue.
City Commissioner Mike Amyx says he wants to know what the rules are.
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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration will decide whether a skydiving company can conduct jumps at a municipal airport in Arizona.
The Casa Grande Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2h2rc20 ) that the decision would end a lengthy dispute between Casa Grande Municipal Airport and Phoenix Area Skydiving.
SALADO, Texas (AP) — A skydiving instructor in Central Texas who lost a shoe during a stunt retrieved the flying footwear after it bounced off his chest and before either reached the ground.
Shelby Palmer told KXXV-TV (http://bit.ly/2eKbXtJ ) that he was glad to catch the left shoe that was part of a pair he borrowed from another skydiver. Nobody was hurt in the September jump.
CHICAGO (AP) — Two U.S. Army teams have excelled at the World Parachuting Championships, with the 8-way formation skydiving team trouncing the competition in record-breaking style and the women's 4-way team taking gold after a nail-bitingly close contest.
Late Wednesday, the Golden Knights' 8-way team finished a full 40 points ahead of second-placed France in the 10-round competition at Skydive Chicago near Ottawa, Illinois.
CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. team has won the coveted vertical formation skydiving gold medal at the World Parachuting Championships.
SDC Core became world champions Tuesday evening after competing in seven grueling rounds at Skydive Chicago near Ottawa, in central Illinois. The Chicago-based team edged close rivals France and Canada to take the title on home soil.
MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) — A former eastern Iowa mayor who has logged more than 1,800 skydiving jumps plans to parachute into a rodeo event with an American flag rippling behind him.
The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports (http://bit.ly/2bRcD0f ) that 68-year-old Bobby Reid has been throwing himself out of airplanes since his 20s. The former Montrose mayor is set to skydive into this year's Tri-State Rodeo Arena on Thursday night.