By Joe McFarlane
A skydiver had his beard trimmed after jumping out of a plane at 10,500 FEET.
Mike Sharkey had been growing his bushy facial hair for seven years until September 1 when he decided to celebrate his 400th skydive with something a bit different.
Leaping out above Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, alongside Nick Cerminaro and Matt Collins, the 30-year-old took a razor on the chin as a pair of clippers went through his locks.
While the group sped towards the ground below, Matt managed to get close enough to Mike to get a really close shave, leaving him with just some stubble on landing.
Nick said: “The hardest part of the jump was to hold on while the parachute was opening and while he was shaving Mike’s beard.
“Mike wanted to do something special for his 300th jump and it was time to shave the beard.
“They failed on the 300th so he kept the beard for another 100 jumps to try it again on his 400th.
“I think we were all nervous especially before the jump but we have become comfortable with each other’s flying ability.
“A lot of things can go wrong when you’re standing on the strut of a plane traveling over a 100mph and then jumping with another person holding on.
“Also flying super close to another canopy is dangerous even without them shaving because if you collide, you’re both going to get wrapped up in the lines of the other persons canopy and drop out of the sky.
“When you get on the ground and everyone is safe it’s a euphoric feeling.”