Jay Stokes celebrated his 50th birthday by jumping out of an airplane 640 times. The veteran skydiver did it to break his own world record...
GREENSBURG, Ind. — Jay Stokes celebrated his 50th birthday by jumping out of an airplane 640 times.
The veteran skydiver did it to break his own world record of 534 jumps in a 24-hour period. There was no word when his record might be confirmed by Guinness World Records.
“I feel a little bit tired but I think I’ll be OK,” the former Army Green Beret said early Saturday at Greensburg Municipal Airport after finishing.
Dozens of volunteers, including four pilots, helped by packing his 23 chutes and flying three planes at the airport midway between Indianapolis and Cincinnati. As soon as Stokes touched down after a jump from 2,100 feet, he undid the straps on one parachute and put another one on while running to a waiting airplane.
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Stokes, of Yuma, Ariz., retired in 1998 after 24 years in the Army, most of them as a member of the Green Berets. He teaches skydiving instructors and performs in skydiving exhibitions around the world.
Stokes took pledges and contributions for his latest jumps, hoping to raise $60,000 for Special Olympics and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides college scholarships to the children of special-operations soldiers killed in the line of duty.