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The 76-year-old man still jumping out of airplanes

Flying is Gian Paolo Longoni’s life. He’s up in the air whenever he can, whether in his own plane, with a parachute or in a wingsuit. The Italian has long since reached retirement age.

Flying is his passion: Gian Paolo Longoni. 

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It’s been ten years since Gian Paolo Longoni first donned a wingsuit. He decided to do a course. He was 66 years young at the time. He’s never looked back. On the contrary. “When you fly you have another angle on things”, says Longoni. “You forget the cares of everyday life.” Today he has over 3800 wingsuit jumps under his belt. And he has no intention of stopping. “I just have to fly. Whatever the cost.”

But the 76-year-old didn’t only discover his passion for the great blue yonder when he first flew in a wingsuit. He has had his pilot’s licence since 1986. Whenever he can, he takes off in his ultralight aircraft – a replica of a WWI-era Fokker. He has also recently passed his parachute jumping exam. If possible, Gian Paolo Longoni goes up in the air every weekend. As he says, “I think flying is the best thing you can do.”

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