“You don’t quit skydiving because you get old, you get old because you quit skydiving!”
Perris, CA – On November 20th, Pat Moorehead did nine skydives at Skydive Perris to celebrate his 90th Birthday. He started at 8 AM and went on steadily to make one jump per decade during the following 5 hours, establishing a world record by doing so (Pat is the only active skydiver over 90 years old).
Parachutists of various disciplines drew beautiful 90-looking shaped formations in the sky, and a couple of hundred people gathered from around the country to cheer him on!
Pat Moorehead's first skydive was in 1969, and in half a century, he has made almost 6,700 jumps. He was part of many movies and commercials throughout the years. Pat served in both the Air Force and Navy and retired as a Fire Battalion Chief in 1982. He is the founder of the Skydivers Over Sixty Society (SOS), which now counts over 2,500 members worldwide!
Pat chose to take any proceeds from donations and sales of T-shirts to donate to the International Skydiving Museum and Hall Of Fame. Thanks to the generosity of several benefactors and the sale of over 250 T-shirts commemorating the event, he was able to donate more than $16,000 to the Museum.
“I’m not actually trying to set an example for anyone, but if what I do inspires people to realize that aging is a gift that you can make something of -that’s great.” – Pat Moorehead
Pat Moorehead under canopy on his 90th birthday, photo by Dennis Sattler
Skydivers from all disciplines drew 90-shaped formations in the sky of Skydive Perris Photo of the RW flyers by Tom Sanders
Skydivers from all disciplines drew 90-shaped formations in the sky of Skydive Perris Photo of the wingsuiters by Daniel Dupuis
Skydivers from all disciplines drew 90-shaped formations in the sky of Skydive Perris Photo of the CRW parachutists by Mike Teague
Pat Moorehead exits the airplane, ground photo by Dennis Sattler
Pat Moorehead exits the airplane, photo by Tom Sanders
Located in Riverside County, Skydive Perris is one of the biggest skydiving centers in the world, home to several world records and international events. With a fleet of 8 aircraft dedicated to skydiving, a prestigious skydiving school, an onsite wind tunnel, a restaurant, and a pool, people have traveled from all over the world to jump here for over 40 years.
What: A 90-year-old man does nine skydives in a day to celebrate his birthday.
Who: Pat Moorehead, the International Skydiving Museum and Hall Of Fame
Where: Skydive Perris, 2091 Goetz Rd, Perris CA, 92570
When: Saturday, November 20, 8 am-12:30 pm PST
Why: to celebrate! and to raise money for the International Skydiving Museum