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Local WWII veteran skydives at age 88

Conrad Lipscomb (blue shirt) makes a tandem jump over Chester County (Courtesy: Skydive Carolina)) Conrad Lipscomb (blue shirt) makes a tandem jump over Chester County (Courtesy: Skydive Carolina))
Leaping into the blue at 12,000 feet (Courtesy: Skydive Carolina) Leaping into the blue at 12,000 feet (Courtesy: Skydive Carolina)
Conrad comes in for a landing (Courtesy: Skydive Carolina) Conrad comes in for a landing (Courtesy: Skydive Carolina)
COWPENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

World War II veteran and Cowpens native Conrad Lipscomb, 88, went on his second Honor Flight on Saturday. This time, he leapt from the plane as it soared over 12,000 feet above Chester, SC, in his first-ever skydive.

During his 2010 Honor Flight trip to the World War II memorial in Washington, DC, Lipscomb admitted that he had wanted to go skydiving for a long time.

Skydive Carolina and Honor Flight Upstate gave Lipscomb the opportunity to make his dream come true.

Lipscomb asked his Honor Flight guardian, Kathleen Fertitta, to take the plunge with him. She accepted.

The duo was expected to make the jump Thursday but were unable to due to weather conditions.

On Saturday morning, the conditions were just right.

Fertitta said the dive was like nothing she had ever experienced.

"You're falling at about 125 miles an hour for about a minute before the parachute opens," Fertitta said. "That was the most terrifying and exciting minute of my life. But once that chute opened, I felt like I was flying, and it was a beautiful ride."

Lipscomb described the ride as "exciting" and "wonderful." He also said this skydive probably wouldn't be his last.

Lipscomb was drafted into the Army in January 1944 and served in Japan and Korea until he came back home in 1946.

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