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Tosh celebrates 70th birthday by skydiving

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 7:27 am

Birthday skydive --

Houston Tosh (at left), age 70, is congratulated upon a successful landing following his birthday skydive from a plane on July 13 at Tullahoma Airport. Here, he is congratulated by his nephew Dr. Evan Mize (center) of Pulaski, and cameraman, a member of Tullahoma SkyDive.

Former Fayetteville resident Houston Tosh celebrated his 70th birthday in a breath-taking way — by skydiving from an airplane.

He began his free-fall from an altitude of three miles high on Saturday, July 13, at the Tullahoma Airport.

“It’s a breath taking thrill … it feels like you can reach out and touch God,” he says, smiling.

“…It was a good solid landing,” he added.

After the landing, his nephew, Evan Mize, an ER physician in Pulaski, gave him a hearty high five. Dr. Mize also jumped that day — it was his fourth jump.

While the Vietnam Veteran and former member of the 101st Airborne Division has made numerous jumps in the past, this was Tosh’s first jump in 18 years. The last one was from a Blackhawk helicopter.

“I used to belong to the U.S. Parachute Association in Kentucky,” he said.

He’s not only jumped from helicopters and planes but has also made five jumps from jets.

Tosh also served in the National Guard, and when he retired, he moved to Fayetteville where he still has many friends here and visits occasionally. He now lives in Manchester, closer to his children and grandchildren.

When asked whether he would jump again, Tosh said, “Hopefully I will have plans to do it again in the near future!”