FARGO N.D.—The AirSho is always exciting and entertaining, but it’s not every day that you get to jump out of a plane, with the U.S. Navy Seals, let alone having that person be one of the more well-known professionals around town.
12,000 feet, that’s what separated Mayor Tim Mahoney from the ground, as he took to the air, skydiving with the US Navy Seals.
It’s not for everyone, but when asked about soaring up the sky, it didn’t take long for the Fargo mayor to decide.
"Thirty seconds I think," says Tim Mahoney. "I’ve always wanted to skydive, it just sounded like so much fun."
The Fargo Airsho presents a chance to show people the opportunities armed forces, like the Navy, provide and get people involved.
"They always put that little challenge out there, would you go out with the leapfrogs and jump out of an airplane?" says Mahoney. "We’re trying to make people aware of the navy being here and being in the community, they recruit a lot of people for the service here."
The US Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, aimed to make his first jump, a memorable one.
After performing surgery this morning, the mayor – who’s also a doctor – was ready to go.
First getting briefed.
"Once we get out of the airplane, the position for exit, I’ll have you cross your arms across your chest," says Jim Woods, US Navy Safety Officer.
Then strapping in: "We’re going to pull this right up, back arm come right through there."
And finally making the trip to the clouds.
"it’s quite a rush when you just jump out and you’re free floating. Then after that it’s just ultimate quiet and you can look around," Mahoney recalls.Spectators didn’t even expect to see the mayor gliding down."Oh I was surprised, oh yes, yeah, I’m like what?" says Robin Bratile, from Lisbon.For Mahoney, seeing a new view of the city sticks with him the most."The best part of it was looking at Fargo, how great it looks, how big it’s gotten how things are going on with it," Mahoney says.Saturday the fun continues with Governor Doug Burgum tandem skydiving to kick off the show at 11 a.m. Water watchers: Inspectors look to educate boaters, anglers about aquatic invasive species ‘They can do it!’: Area vets, Make-A-Wish families treated to their own AirSho Cass County Sheriff Laney: Consider raising next sheriff’s pay