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24th November 2017

Pat & Alicia Moorehead, 86 and 70

Los Angeles-based skydivers Pat and Alicia both hold multiple skydiving world records and between them have made almost 10,000 jumps. They both jump with the SOS (Skydivers over Sixty) organisation, launched by Pat in 2003. Bolder photographed them on Seal Beach, California.

Pat: “I decided to give skydiving a go when I was 37. I made two jumps on my first day and I’ve been doing it ever since. Had somebody told me back then that I’d still be jumping aged 86, I’d have said they were joking. For a start I wouldn’t have thought anyone would live to be that old! Now, 60 is the new 30.

When I turned 80, I decided to try making 80 jumps in a day. I was able to do it in six hours and broke a world record – I made one jump every 4.55 minutes.

It’s not all about skydiving, it’s about what can you do with the sport. It’s very social. If someone offered me a plane for the day and said I could do as many jumps as I wanted, I wouldn’t do it. It would be pointless. Planning the jump and making the jump and then talking about it is a major draw. There are people from all walks of life who do it.

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