94-year-old with awesome bucket list skydives over Israel
Walter Bingham is Israel's oldest working journalist and has appeared in two Harry Potter movies. Skydiving just seemed like the next logical thing to do.
Meet Walter Bingham.
In a couple of months, he'll be turning 95. He's Israel's oldest working journalist and he holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest radio talkshow host. He decided that in honor of his upcoming birthday he wanted to try skydiving for the first time.
He's lived a storied life. He was an ambulance driver during the invasion of Normandy. For his valor, he was awarded France's highest honor, the Legion d’Honneur. He's played Santa Claus at London’s famous Harrods department store and he appeared as a wizard in two of the Harry Potter films.
Bingham called up Israel Extreme, a travel company that specializes in off-the-beaten track tours. They offer everything from rappelling and caving to rafting and rock climbing tours of Israel. And, of course, skydiving.
This was Bingham's first skydive, although he has a pilot's license. "I'm a crazy guy," he said. "I once took an airplane from London to Israel and back again."
And then ... he jumped.
Bingham's jump gave him a scenic view of northern Israel and took him over a diverse landscape – including flying above the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, the Mt. Hermon ski resort and the dormant volcanoes of the Golan. Moshe Meyers, the founder of Israel Extreme, said the topography provides for a unique jump. "I've skydived all over the world. It's very unique to have such a diverse drop zone," he told From The Grapevine. "It's pretty crazy."
"We like to take families and ordinary people to places they thought they can only see on National Geographic," Meyers said. "We get to do that on a daily basis."
Bingham ended his jump in a field near the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. TripAdvisor ranked Israel Extreme as the #1 touring company in the "Outdoor Activities" category in the entire country.
By completing his jump, Bingham is now the oldest Israeli on record to skydive. After taking off his gear, Bingham said he hoped to do it again on his 100th birthday. “Breaking records is my latest hobby!" he exclaimed.
Meyers told us that he's jumped with thousands of clients over the years, but that he doesn't remember 90 percent of them. "But there are those special clients that you remember for the rest of your life. One of them is definitely Walter. I'm not going to forget this jump forever."
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