Green Beret war veteran who jumped on D-Day celebrates 100th birthday with another skydive
An Instagram video showing 100-year-old Polito "Paul" Olivas skydiving has shaken up the internet. The former soldier is not holding back despite his new centenarian title.
Olivas' remarkable attitude came through in his words:
"After you get to 100, then you turn 102, I wanted to do it before I got too old."
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GALLERY | Former Green Beret Polito "Paul" Olivas who jumped on D-Day celebrates turning 100 by jumping tandem from a plane 14,000 feet in the air https://t.co/J4Fztl947p @skydivehawaii @USArmy pic.twitter.com/A0FDeSCt3b— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) August 30, 2018
He signed up for the 14,000-foot tandem free-fall. He was required to view a short safety video and sign a few waivers.
When asked how he felt going into the daring jump, Olivas said, "Well, I'm excited, I don't know if you call that nerves or not."
The brave veteran has been through his share of risky battles. He fought in World War 2, the Korean War, and served in Vietnam.
This is also not Olivas' first-time jumping. He has over 300 jumps to his name. Among these is the famous D-Day with the 101st airborne division in June 1944.
The jump was done over Oahu's North Shore one week after Olivas turned 100. He landed in Dillingham Airfield.
Olivas said he'd "do it again" just minutes after he was grounded.
Blowing out 100 candles wasn’t good enough for Polito “Paul” Olivas, a 30-year Army vet whose career took him through WWII and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Instead, the former Green Beret jumped tandem over Oahu’s North Shore https://t.co/J4Fztl947p pic.twitter.com/pMrCGECjNX— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) August 30, 2018
The experience was new for Olivas because past jumps were lower to the ground and involved parachutes that were automatically unfurled when you exited.
"Oh, this is all different because we don't fall down so far. The static line pulls you up, you don't fall so far."
He went on to say that "the closer you are to the ground, the less of a target you are." For Olivas, this jump was done strictly for pleasure.
Before however, a totally different set of emotions would come up for the war jumps.
"Fear turns into anger. Then all you want to do is kill, like a mad dog. The adrenaline works."
As Olivas felt his adrenaline rush last week, he couldn't help but grin widely.
"In the beginning, I had never been up in high altitude, only on a commercial airplane. And the higher I got, the smaller the things got. The door was good. The fresh air hit me in the face, ahh it was awesome."
And the healthy vet says he will be back for more next year in hopes of beating the Guinness record:
"It was [a] wonderful day... We'll do it again next year. Yes sir, and the year after because remember the Guinness world record is 102, so we've got to do this on your 103rd birthday. Oh yeah. We gotta break that record. It's a date, it's a date."
Famous actor Tom Cruise also enjoys the nerve-wrecking act of sky-diving. And in July 2018, he brought a friend on board for the always-challenging stunt.
James Corden showed up to jump 15,000 feet with the A-lister. The video garnered over 14 million views within a month of its posting.
Corden is hilarious as he is as anxious as any first-timer might be for the extreme event. But the two take off and land safely together. Corden couldn't stop saying "Oh my god!" during the controlled fall.