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This 90-year-old man jumped out of an airplane to honor his brother


David Crawford, 90, said he had skydiving on his to-do list for years. But for one reason or another, he never seemed to get around to doing it.

That is until last Saturday when a new nonprofit called Comrades & Canopies came along and turned his dream into a reality.

"It is something I had on my bucket list, but I never had the courage to go up and do it on my own. So you do it when you can and it takes some courage to get up there but you do it by all means."

Skydiving WWII Vet

Crawford said he jumped in honor of his late brother Emry Crawford who also served in WWII, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He recently passed away at 92.

"He was always a good fellow, he never drank or smoke and was good to little animals and everything."

He was accompanied by his friends and fellow veterans, Charlie Wilson, 91 and Jerry Hedges, 85.

They said they wanted to be there for Crawford to make sure he didn’t make the 13,000ft jump alone.

"I'm looking forward to it, I'm not to scared yet, hopefully everything will work out fine," Gerry Hedges told KBAK news before the jump.

It was Charlie Wilson's second time jumping out of an airplane.

The first time was when his plane was going down in WWII.

“The first time someone was shooting at us, this time was my own choice. I don’t know what’s worse...so I’m gonna go, anyway.”

Comrades & Canopies hosted the WWII and Korean War veterans along with Honor Flight Kern County.

Crawford shared some advice for anyone who might be waiting to fulfill their own bucket list,

“Do it or you’ll never get another chance or you’ll be sorry and that’s worse. To say I could have done that and I did not. And now I’m too damn old to do it. So do it when you can.”

KBAK/KBFX contributed to this report.

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