A Valley Center Air Force Veteran jumped out of a plane with his daughter as he celebrated his 90th birthday.
“He often says he can do anything that he did before. It just takes him longer,” Barbara Rohrer, Stanley Rohrer’s wife, said.
Watch the incredible birthday celebration story below.
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In 1950’s, Stanley was a first lieutenant in communications in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in South Korea. Later, he became a physics teacher.
He is a double-amputee and has lost both legs due to aneurysms behind his knees. He lost the first leg when he was 80 years old and lost his second leg four years later. Coincidentally, he lost both his legs on May 21.
“Every time May 21st comes around—I’m keeping my fingers crossed, I don’t want anymore,” Stanley said.
When his daughter asked him to jump out of a plane on his birthday, he agreed. He was asked which type of physics lesson we could learn in this scenario, he jokingly responded, “Perhaps Newton’s laws.”
“I definitely have less resistance than the average man. I was concerned about it at first because all I have is my hands,” Stanley said. “I was concerned that if I put my hands out that I might flip.”
Stanley boarded the plane at Skydive Elsinore that took him up almost 14,000 feet. He told NBC 7 that he might even do it again.
“It was great. I enjoyed it. It was cold, but I enjoyed the free fall,” Stanley said. “It was a beautiful view, and I was looking over where I used to hike up in the mountains.”
“My main philosophy is that I am able to go ahead and adapt myself to younger people and by keeping in contact with younger people, I do what they want to do. People my age, they’re not really that interesting.”
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