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Bob Potter has waited since 1942 to jump out of an airplane.

That was the year he entered the Marine Corps during World War II, and paratroopers needed to be at least 18 years old. Potter was 16, although the Army thought he was 17.

On his 85th birthday on Friday, he finally fulfilled his goal with four of his children and about 40 members of Lockeford Seventh-day Adventist Church cheering him on as he floated to the ground.