Fearless Fred flies high for 90th
IN HIS 90 years, Frederick Loveday has many proud accomplishments and stories to tell.
But for his birthday he lived up to his nickname, Fearless Fred, as he bravely strapped on a parachute and jumped out of a plane from 10,000 feet last Sunday.
"Twenty years ago, I got my pilot's licence, so now I am flying in the sky without my wings," he said before take-off. "I have wanted to fly ever since I was a child and unfortunately the Lord didn't give me wings so hopefully up there he does."
He kept his jump a secret from his two sons until the day.
"I have a handicapped boy who is now 51 called Graeme and my other son Russell - they are beautiful. I love them," he said. "Graeme is with the Endeavour Foundation in Dicky Beach and he comes to see me every fortnight."
When Frederick isn't doing daring jumps, he spends his time as a Justice of the Peace at the Caloundra Library every Wednesday afternoon.
"I have been a JP for 33 years and it's very educational," he said.
"The number of people you meet are very interesting and it's good to help people."
Fearless Fred jumped on Sunday with the Sunshine Coast Skydivers at 2pm, and he said the experience had been worthwhile.
"It's very hard to explain how it was but oh it was an experience," he said.
"The weather was good. They had me scheduled to jump at 9am but because of the wind, I didn't jump until about 2pm.
"As far as fear went, I wasn't one bit afraid or nervous but that harness you wear is rather uncomfortable and everything is tight.
"I landed on Currimundi Beach and there was cheers and clapping and the lifesaving club was there.
"I guess someone must have told them there was a 90-year-old jumping out of a perfectly good plane that afternoon."