94-year-old goes skydiving for first time

Skydiver Henry Burner (top), Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, Petersburg, OH
94-year-old Henry Burner from the Ravenna area and tandem skydiver Jim Drummond with Skydive Rick's enjoy the freefall in the air over Petersburg OH on Sunday Aug. 9, 2015.


PETERSBURG, Ohio (WKBN) – It took him a while to get to it, but it’s something else off of Henry Burner’s bucket list. The 94-year-old Ravenna-area man jumped out of an airplane for the first time.

The World War II veteran rode in B-17 bombers in Europe, but never jumped out of a plane. So he took to the skies over Petersburg on Sunday.

“Great, great. I’ll do it again”, Burner exclaimed after coming down. “I’m coming back next year if the good Lord’s willing”.

Burner is active. He spends six months a year in Florida where he dances and walks five miles a day. His niece Nancy McDonald came out to Skydive Rick’s to see him jump. “He’s just an amazing person. His father lived to be, I think it was 96”, said McDonald.

Skydive Rick’s co-owner Kay Kuhns believes Burner is the oldest skydiving customer they’ve ever had. She says, “This guy is unbelievable. I’ve never seen anyone in quite that good a shape at that age.” Burner shrugs off the big number. “Gets to be that anyplace I go anymore, I’m the oldest person”.

Burner recommends skydiving to anyone. He says,” Do it. Do it. Don’t wait. Don’t wait. You can’t believe it until you do it”.

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