17 Jul '12, 8pm

WWII veteran skydives for 90th birthday, says he would do it again via @starsandstripes

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Captain Lester Slate of Exeter was still a tiny speck in the blue summer sky Sunday afternoon as his family and friends began cheering him on during his 90th birthday present to himself — his first skydiving jump from an airplane. Then the speck got bigger and bigger, turning into a parachute that slowly, gracefully swooped to the ground with Slate and tandem jump instructor Matt Riendeau aboard. Another skydiver trailed a big American flag in the air behind him. “Let’s have a big round of applause for Les,” one man shouted on the ground. Advertisement The jump at Pittsfield Airport through Central Maine Skydiving was the culmination of a long-held dream that began when Slate trained as a Navy pilot during World War II. “I don’t think I’m going to get nervous,” he had said while getting ready for the jump. “The Navy taught us how to use [parachutes] but...

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