Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a three-term Republican, skydived for the first time, completing a tandem jump from about 8,000 feet above the suburbs between Austin and San Antonio. He was accompanied by 106-year-old World War II veteran Al Blaschke, who performed a separate skydive. Blaschke is a previous Guinness World Records title holder for the oldest tandem skydive.
- Governor Greg Abbott’s Skydiving Debut: Texas Governor Greg Abbott, known for his high ambitions, skydived for the first time. He completed a tandem jump from 8,000 feet, describing the sensation of freefall as the most shocking.
- Skydiving with a WWII Veteran: Abbott was joined on the plane by 106-year-old World War II veteran Al Blaschke, who also performed a separate skydive. Blaschke holds a Guinness World Records title for the oldest tandem skydive.
- Abbott’s Personal Journey: Abbott, who uses a wheelchair and has been paralyzed from the waist down since a tree fell on him during law school, humorously shared that his biggest fear was not being able to walk away after landing.
- Weather Delay: The governor mentioned that they had planned to skydive several weeks earlier when the weather was warmer but had to postpone due to rain. They finally executed the jump despite the morning chill in Texas.