Andover man skydives for first time for his 90th birthday

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Carroll Abbott, of Andover, celebrated his 90th birthday in early April by skydiving for the first time. He wore the shirt of one of the ships he served on during his 32 years of service in the U.S. Navy. Submitted photo

Carroll Abbott, of Andover, celebrated his 90th birthday in early April by skydiving for the first time. He wore the shirt of one of the ships he served on during his 32 years of service in the U.S. Navy. Submitted photo

Carroll Abbott celebrated his 90th birthday in early April by skydiving for the first time.

“I decided, ‘Hey, I can do that at 90,’” he said.

Abbott, an Andover resident who served 32 years in the U.S. Navy between 1945 and 1977, took the leap from 13,000 feet, free-falling for about 1 minute before the tandem instructor he was strapped to pulled the rip cord, deploying the parachute.

They slowly descended as Abbott gazed in wonder at the mountain range, including Picacho Peak, near Eloy, Arizona.

The air was nice and warm and he did not really notice a lot of wind whipping around him as they fell, Abbott said. The landing was so smooth he barely noticed it.

“All of a sudden you’re down on the ground,” he said.

He never had second thoughts before jumping.

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