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