Bill’s 90th birthday leap
IF YOU cast your eyes upward last Saturday, you may have noticed William "Bill" Wilson floating back down to earth.
To mark his 90th birthday, the Woorim resident thought it would be fun to hurl himself out of an aeroplane at 14,000 feet.
"It was on the bucket list," Bill said.
"I enjoyed it.
"My grandson came with me."
Bill's 30-year-old grandson Christopher did the jump with him, visiting from Sydney for the weekend to help his grandfather celebrate.
"A bit over 12 months ago when Chris was here last," Bill said.
"We were on the beach and we saw some people coming down and that's when we decided we wanted to do it."
Four generations of family and close friends gathered on Red Beach to watch Bill and Chris descend from the heavens.
Looking back, Bill said he enjoyed the thrill of the experience.
"I was just hoping
the chute opened," he
"I was the first off the plane - it wasn't too bad really.
"When he said, 'put your legs out and get ready to go', it was a bit daunting.
"When you've first left the plane for the freefall, it's very exhilarating but, once you've finished the freefall and the chute opens, it's fantastic.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the ride down."
Tandem master Paul Turner from Skydive Bribie did the jump with Bill last weekend.
Mr Turner says he "can't remember" the last time he took someone Bill's age skydiving.
"It's not a common occurrence," he said.
But the big question is, whether or not Bill will return for another go in 10 years' time.
"I don't think so," Bill
"It's not necessary - I've done it now."