I'm Guy Manos, Fly Me: Piggyback Skydiving Is Giving Neo-Flytes a Lift
updated 06/24/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/24/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Debbie Glenn, Manos' passenger at left (leaving a Cessna 5,000 feet over Miami), is only 20, but passengers as old as 80 have piggybacked. Another chutist was a young man with muscular dystrophy. "The only problem," says Manos, who now charges $95 per flight, "was he weighed about 200 pounds. Two of my friends literally picked us up and threw us out the door. Then we had two guys catch him." A colleague of Manos has piggybacked a blind man. "They flew him through a cloud," says Manos. "He said he could feel it." So sure is Manos of the sport's safety that he has taken each of his parents for a dive. Guy says he was sure his mom, Vivian, 56, would be very nervous about free-falling, so he released the parachute early. Complained Mrs. Manos, "Why did you open it so soon?"