When it comes to skydiving, the question is often asked, “Why would you want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?” Thanks to Skydive Suffolk, e:countable’s owner Mark Palmer did just that.

On a clear and sunny Sunday in June, Mark jumped from a plane 13,000 feet in the air.  For the next seven minutes, the mild mannered accountant went through a transition from dread to delight as he plummeted toward the Earth.  The pictures below tell the tale.

 

Pre-flight smile

Mark and his wife Dee before taking off in the previously mentioned “perfectly good airplane.” See Mark’s big smile? I don’t think he realized what was getting ready to happen.

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This is shortly after jumping from the plane.  Don’t be fooled – the “thumbs up” belongs to the amazing tandem instructor.  You can see Mark is screaming and fearing for his life in this picture.

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At this point Mark is starting to accept what has happened and is beginning to enjoy the experience.

Michelle skydive

Here is Mark’s daughter Michelle who also jumped that day — this skydiving experience was a gift to her dad. You can see she’s enjoying it tremendously.

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OK, back to Mark.  The parachute opened and things slowed down a bit.  This is when Mark got to take in the scenery of rural Suffolk. You can see the over 1,000,000 acre Great Dismal Swamp at the bottom left.

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Time to float on down back to the ground.

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“I survived!” Time for a celebratory high five!

 

Mark would like to personally thank the team at Skydive Suffolk for such an amazing experience.  The professional group of individuals made the entire process exhilarating.

 

If you are thinking about jumping out of a perfectly good airplane yourself, Mark highly recommends Skydive Suffolk.  They offer tandem jumps, skydiving lessons and jumping for experienced licensed skydivers. To top it all off and you get a free T-shirt when you have yourself videoed!  Their website is www.skydivesuffolk.com