Yesterday, The Gold Standard, the local Fort Knox newspaper, ran a story on our very own Matt Jones and Drew Franklin’s descent from the skies. The paper interviewed Matt and Drew about the experience, and here are a few choice quotes:
Hazy weather conditions delayed the jumps that were slated to begin during the mid-morning and contributed to the anxiety of jumping out of an airplane 13,000 feet above the ground.
“Well I think there’s a Tom Petty song called ‘The Waiting is the Hardest Part’ and I kind of just wanted to get here and do it,” Jones said. “I knew going into it we were on the first plane and I was glad, but then as we had to wait throughout the day, I got nervous.”
Franklin said while he was nervous about the impending jump, he came to terms with it as the plane continued to ascend. “I thought the nervousness would kick in, but once you’re up there and you know there’s no backing out, there’s no point in worrying about it and just try to enjoy it.”
“My feeling of happiness was when we got to the altitude where I knew I wouldn’t die, which was right before we landed,” Jones said jokingly. “I’m just glad I did it, but if it was a commercial thing, you couldn’t make me do it. Now that I’ve done it with the Golden Knights, it’s even more the case.”
Franklin on the other hand, seemed to relish the prospect of another jump with the Golden Knights. “I’m about to grab another application and do it again.”
Attaboy, Drew. Need more proof? Check out those three goggles!
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