Go-getting granddad to take on 30,000ft sky dive

editorial image

A go-getting grandfather will soon become the oldest person in the world to do a 30,000 ft sky dive.

Age cannot slow down 79-year-old Horley Town Council member David Powell who fell in love with sky-diving after he took on a 15,000ft jump last year.

Mr Powell, a former military policeman, was carrying out the dream he has had for more than 40 years.

He said: “When I was in Germany in 1971 I went on a paratrooper course.

“I got through all the physical stuff but then I tore my achilles tendon which stopped me doing the parachuting so it’s like a dream come true 40 years on.

“You need to have challenges. Just because you’ve got a few years under your belt shouldn’t stop you.

“I want to keep doing it well into my 80s.”

He will do the jump on June 16 at an instructors’ base in West Tennesse, USA, which claims to be the only place where sky dives of this extreme altitude can be carried out by civilians.

As it stands, the oldest person to take part in a jump of this height was a 70-year-old from Essex.

But Mr Powell was more interested in the thrill of the jump, than the record breaking.

He said: “The excitement is knowing I’m going to be falling at about 200 miles-an-hour and watching the world go by as I’m dropping down.”

He will spend a day training and he will be fitted with an oxygen tank when he does the jump.

He added: “It was a really enjoyable experience to drop out at 15,000 ft.

“This will be a bit more challenging and very enjoyable.”

After raising £1,200 for Surrey Care Trust through last year’s sky dive, he hopes to raise £5,000 for the Royal British Legion (RBL) this year.

He chose RBL as he is a member of the legion and this year marks the centenary of the beginning of World War One. Mr Powell will fly to the US on June 10 and stay with his son and his two grandsons.

To donate to Mr Powell’s cause visit his Just Giving web page at: www.justgiving.com/david-percy-powell-rmp.