Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon skydives to support troopsby Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon jumped out of an airplane today and said she's willing do it again.
With a member of the U.S. Army, Prettner Solon jumped from a plane flying 12,500 feet above ground, reached a free fall speed of 120 mph and then parachuted onto the Capitol grounds. Afterwards, Prettner Solon called the skydive exhilarating.
"After you're floating awhile, I think we're still going pretty fast, we're still going pretty fast. But then after the parachute deploys and we settle down, it is a peaceful ride. It truly is," Prettner Solon said. "As we're coming in over the Capitol and the Capitol looks so small and I asked whether we could land on the horses..."
Prettner Solon took part in the tandem jump with the U.S. Army Parachute Team. The jump was to raise awareness for groups that support people who serve in the armed forces and their families.