Freefalling Octogenarian

Barb Whiteman, of Havelock, takes a skydiving jump for her 80th birthday.

Barb Whiteman, of Havelock, takes a skydiving jump for her 80th birthday.

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Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 01:57 PM.

When most folks turn 80, they are content with a nice family reunion or a bound collection of photographs showing some of their life’s favorite moments, but Barb Whiteman is different.

She just had to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

“I wanted to,” Whiteman said of her first ever parachute jump. “It was a birthday present from my family.”

Whiteman recently travelled to Maytown, Pa., where she did a tandem jump from 10,000 feet.

Whiteman’s actual birthday is Aug. 25, but she celebrated early for the jump in front of about 25 friends and family who joined her husband Joe to watch the jump from the airport below.

The Whitemans owned and operated Whiteman’s Engraving in Havelock for years before selling the business a couple of years ago.

The family paid $330 for the jump, which was organized by the Maytown Sport Parachute Club.



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