87-year-old woman checks skydiving off bucket list


by Steve Bodinet


Posted on March 12, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 12 at 8:07 AM

Have you been skydiving?

PHOENIX -- We all know what a "bucket list" is -- all those things we want to accomplish before it's too late.

For Pat Fosgate, 87, that means jumping out of a perfectly good airplane and floating to the ground beneath a parachute.

Fosgate, accompanied by roommates and friends from Scottsdale's Desert Flower Assisted Living Center headed to Eloy Monday to fulfill her dream of skydiving. After going through a quick class and suiting up, the first-time jumper boarded the plane and began the nerve-wracking lift above the Eloy airport.

"I don't like heights, or airplanes,"  the adventurous senior citizen said as she prepared to free fall. "But I thought, what the heck, I'm not getting any younger."

In spite of a few second, and maybe even third, hesitant thoughts, out Fosgate went, securely strapped to an instructor who gave her the ride of her life.

So, would she do it again? 

"Maybe not tomorrow, or next week, or even next month."  she replied.  "But maybe next year, when I turn 88."