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05/23/05

Mississippian Skydives For 82nd Birthday

"I see these guy coming down here, what could be better than that?" Sidney Wilson says as he watches skydivers glad through the air.

Wilson has had his head up in the clouds for most of his life.

"He used to be a pilot of small airplanes. When I was a kid he was going to build an airplane in the garage. He's always done all kinds of adventuresome things," his son Marc Wilson says.

But this energetic senior has never done this before, parachute out an airplane. For his 82nd birthday, Wilson thought he'd give it a try.

"I think it's excellent. He's going to love it," Wilson's grandson William says.

"I think it's going to be a lot of fun," Wilson's grandson Adam says.

"I'm nervous, but I'm not scared, no!" Wilson says.

If you're ready....

"I'm ready, go!" Wilson says.

Let's go ahead and climb aboard.

"All right!" Wilson says as he gets into the plane.

Wilson knew this was a one-way flight, dropping all passengers off 14,000 feet up in the sky.

Fear wasn't a concern for the Wilson men while they were still on the ground, but what now, when they're nothing more than little spots in the clouds?

"I was thinking, do I really want to do this? Then he told me to put my legs out and said one, two, three, go! We went and I didn't have time to think anything else," Wilson says.

"That's great man. Fantastic," Wilson says when he lands.

"It was unbelievable," MarcWilson says.

"You'd think it would be a sensation like falling, but it's not. It's like you're flying or you're floating," William Wilson says.

"When we were falling, we were looking at the earth. I was really cool," Adam Wilson says.

"My head was going straight down towards the earth and I didn't know whether that parachute was going to open or not. Then it did. And that was the best part," Wilson adds.

Sidney Wilson's said he though he might make skydiving a birthday ritual. Now he says, it just may become part of his everyday life.

By Jaimee Goad

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