Skydiving thrills at 87

Last updated 13:27 27/05/2013

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An 87-year-old World War II veteran has parachuted from a plane in to support his ailing great-grandson.

Clarence Turner of Fairfield made the jump in Ohio on Saturday with an instructor.

He said he wanted to generate attention for the plight of 10-month-old Julian Couch, who suffereds from a lung disease that could require a transplant.

WLWT of Cincinnati reported that Julian was hospitalised in Columbus. A fundraiser was planned for June 2.

Turner also made a jump at age 85 to fulfill a goal to experience freefalling and landing as he did in the Army.

He served from 1944-47, and his last jump was in Japan.

Turner said he also hoped to someday make a parachute jump at an older age than former President George H.W. Bush, who's 88.

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- AP

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