Betty Gregory takes to the air for her 80th birthday.
Betty Gregory takes to the air for her 80th birthday. contributed

Skydiving the limit for this 80yo

MOST people celebrate their birthday with dinner and drinks but 80-year-old Betty Gregory didn't want a bar of that.

"Skydiving was at the top of my bucket list," proclaimed Mrs Gregory.

"So I thought it was the perfect way to celebrate my 80th."

It took the self-confessed thrillseeker 63 years and four attempts before she was able to take the leap back on September 3.

"Because of my age the wind had to be just right or they wouldn't take me up," she said.

"But we got there and it was a great experience. If you don't have a fear of heights you should definitely do it."

As a 17-year-old, during the Second World War, Mrs Gregory joined the Royal Air Force, as an aerial photographer.

"I used to have to slip off my parachute to crawl into the area where the camera was mounted," she said.

"I always wanted to jump but only the men in the parachute regiment got to do it."

Climbing Uluru and crawling through Viet Cong tunnels are among her other adventures.

Mrs Gregory's birthday was on September 10 but she did the jump early so she could share the DVD footage with her three children in Victoria.

"Two of my children were horrified but one of them thought she might like to give it a go," Mrs Gregory said.

The Palm Beach resident also keeps herself busy with bowls twice a week, tap dancing, art classes and swimming and beach walks.

"Life is to be lived and the older I get the more I want to fit in," she said.

"Skydiving is pretty hard to top, so I'll have to think about what's next."


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