First Commercial Skydiving Center in the United States
Published: April 29, 2015
Al King is the USPA Northeast Regional Director and member of Jumptown. He's been woven into the fabric of New England skydiving and has seen and done a lot in the sport. This week, we catch up with Al King.
1. What attracted you to the sport of skydiving?
I got interested in skydiving in my Freshman year of college due to slowly getting burned out on team sports. Played through my Junior year due to pressure to continue but mean while I was learning to skydive and slowly developed an interest in Style and Accuracy ( more individual).
2. What influenced you to actually make the phone call to make your first skydive?
Never made a phone call. Just went out to the DZ with a friend who had made his 1st static line 2 weeks prior and jumped after 3hrs. of training
3. What's the most memorable skydive you've ever been on?
Way too many. Maybe the 200 way World Record at Myrtle Beach,SC. Night jump into Busch Stadium, had to use my reserve and stuck the stand up on the 50yd line with the rest of the Miller Lite Six Pack in the Sky Demo Team. Taking my Dad out on an AFF skydive. Skydiving with my son. It does go on and on.........
4. Who / What inspires you?
People who totally control the mental aspect of skydiving, or any other pressure "competitive" situation.
5. Of the places you have visited - what is your favorite place and why?
Cayman Islands in the Caribbean. The view while skydiving is breath taking. The scuba diving is some of the best in the world. The water sports are as exciting as you choose to make them, sailing catamarans, surfing, etc. Only lacking a Harley Dealership.
6. What other interests do you have outside of skydiving?
I teach snow skiing as well as skydiving, and I enjoy motorcycles but more importantly, I enjoy people and life.
7. What is something about you that few people know about?
I am very competitive and do not want to let down others......
8. If you could meet anyone in the world for a coffee and a chat (alive or deceased) who would you wish to meet with?
Barack Obama or another recent U.S. President. Perhaps, Sifi author Oscar Scott Card who wrote The Ender Quintet. I have a lot of questions.
9. If you could do anything and money was of no object, what would you do?
I'd buy an RV camper that can tow my motorcycle and travel, skydive, ski and play.I'd bring my family, grandchildren or friends on some excursions but not all. Time alone can be fun and you never know who you'll meet or what you'll do.
10. What are your future goals?
To buy an RV camper.........