Billy Cowan isn’t slowing down despite turning 80 years old on Oct. 4.

In fact, the Stephenville resident jumped out of an airplane to celebrate the milestone. It was his fifth time to skydive and plans to do it solo on his next jump.

“I had a ball,” he said. “It’s fantastic once you get out of the plane.”

Cowan said he was nervous during his first jump.

“I thought, ‘What if my chute doesn’t open?’ I was really sweating it,” he said. “But the second jump was much easier.”

Now he is a pro.

Cowan said he tried to convince his twin sister to jump with him, which would have put them in the Guiness World Records.

“She was too chicken,” he said with a laugh. “She said if we make it to 90, she will do it with me.” 

Cowan grew up in Dublin and moved to Stephenville in the 1980s. He served in the U.S. Navy and retired from FMC.

Cowan’s daughter Tonna contacted the E-T about the jump and said she is proud of her father.

“He and my mom have been married for 53 years,” Tonna said. “Daddy is one of the most patriotic people you will ever meet and would give you the shirt off his back.”  

When asked how he keeps is shape at 80, Cowan said, “I just stay with it…God has been good to me.”