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Birmingham Mayor Makes Giant Leap Into His City

Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Randall Woodfin was thumbs up for at least part of his skydive on Monday.

Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Randall Woodfin was thumbs up for at least part of his skydive on Monday. Navy Parachute Team

 

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He’s not the first city hall leader make such an aerial arrival.

For his 2018 State of the City address in February, McAllen, Texas Mayor Jim Darling rappelled down through an opening in his city’s convention center’s ceiling before starting his remarks, as Route Fifty reported at the time.

Another U.S. mayor, Birmingham, Alabama’s Randall Woodfin, undertook a different type of aerial arrival on Monday afternoon as part of Navy Week in his city.  

AL.com reported:

He jumped from a C130 Super Hercules aircraft from 10,000 feet above ground with retired U.S. Navy Seal Jim Woods.

After the he was safe on the ground, Woodfin embraced his mother, Cynthia Woodfin-Kellum.

"He did great. He screamed the entire time," Woods said.

But footage from the Navy Parachute Team posted to the mayor’s Facebook page shows Woodfin was thumbs up for at least part of his descent into Birmingham’s Railroad Park.

He’s not the first mayor to skydive into a city as part a community event. Last year, Gulfport, Mississippi Mayor Billy Hewes was part of a tandem jump with the Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team.

Michael Grass is Executive Editor of Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Seattle.

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