Local Man Celebrates 100th Birthday By Skydiving

WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ (CBS) – Fred Mack truly lives his life to the fullest. On his 100th birthday, when most people would be content with a small celebration, Mack decided he would mark this major milestone by skydiving!

On Sunday, CBS 3 was at Free Fall Adventures in Williamstown, New Jersey, as Mack geared up to tandem jump, 13,000 feet from the clear blue sky.

“I’ve been waiting five years to do this,” said Mack.

The Newtown Square man says he first tried skydiving on his 95th birthday. His reason for doing it again; he promised his friends who came and supported him the first time, that he would come back for a second jump, if he lived to see 100. His cardiologist, Dr. Elliot Gerber, cleared Mack to skydive five years ago.

“I cleared him last time, this time they didn’t ask for me to sign off,” said Dr. Gerber. “Mack has been my patient for 20 years and he is in great shape. He’s an amazing man.”

An amazing man who used to fly planes in the 1930s and later worked as an engineer, who helped design P-40 fighter planes during World War II. His friends say he’s fearless and always ready to try something new.

“He was a competitive skier into his 70s and didn’t stop skiing until he reached his 90s,” said one friend.

As the 15 passenger turbine plane carrying Mack and other skydivers took off, spectators looked to the sky, prepared to watch Mack take the plunge of a lifetime. When he began to descend from the air, his friends pointed and sighed in amazement as Mack and his instructor made a flawless landing onto the open grassy field.

When asked how he felt after the event, Mack simply replied, “I’m still alive.”

His cardiologist says he contacted the Guinness Book of World Records, which is now looking into whether Mack is the oldest person to ever skydive. Mack, who doesn’t have any children, out-lived two wives. Friends say his mother and two sisters lived to be at least 90.

Reported By Jericka Duncan, CBS Philly

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  • Matt

    I believe he is the oldest man to skydive. no other records show anyone over the age of 97 jumping.

    • Myscofski

      i want to do this but NAKED!

  • Ron

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Mr. Mack!
    Here’s a lesson we all should learn…enjoy life to its fullest!

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  • ritzsim

    Would love to see him do this again in five years….you have one more friend supporting your next sky dive Mr. Mack.

  • Jim

    This man is my new hero.



  • Small

    I sky dived from the same place last memorial day….I was only 65.
    Eli “Small” Hochstetler

  • Gibbs Bentley

    “Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.”
    – Karl Wallenda —– http://911essentials.com

  • Stashuk

    At age 100 I would settle for a brisk two mile walk!

  • jordan jackson

    i hope iam alive at the age 100 i am only 15 now.

  • juan

    nice story, good to see people living life to the fullest.

    Also too bad others try and use any stage they can find for their political nonsense.

  • John

    A great story, great video and great character. Can only hope to get to that age be able to do what Fred did

  • Tom Emory, Jr.

    Nice. Congratulations to a man who has lived his life.

  • Owl Creek Observer

    Gives us other geezers something to shoot for.

  • Kate

    What a cool guy! I love knowing that old age holds this kind of potential for adventure. :)

  • Melissa Killeen

    I hope I am sky diving at 100 years old!

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