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An Engaged Couple Finally Got To Go On The Skydiving Adventure They Had Been Waiting A Year For

by Kelly Glass
Kelly Glass is a writer whose work focuses on the intersections of parenting, health, and pop culture. She lives in an Illinois college town with her educator husband, wildly ambitious sons, dog, and several fish. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Romper, BlackGirlNerds.com, HelloGiggles, Oxygen.com, What to Expect, and more.

An engaged Oklahoma couple jumped out of a plane from 12,000 feet up. Best of all, the skydiving adventure was a surprise after their original plans went awry.

Talk about a leap of faith!

Last year, Carly Benson surprised her fiancé Eric with a gift certificate for his-and-her tandem jumps from Scissortail Skydiving.

Carly purchased the jumps as a gift certificate because Eric, who’s in the military, could be deployed at any time. Unfortunately, they never used those gift certificates or took those tandem jumps. The company they purchased the jumps from, Scissortail Skydiving, went out of business.

According to the pair, the owner of the company refused to give them a refund for the jumps.

That’s where their local news station came in. Oklahoma’s News Channel 4’s In Your Corner team surprised Carly and Eric. The team, along with the Oklahoma Skydiving Center, offered to take them on their jump to replace the one that never happened.

The couples’ special guest, former In Your Corner reporter Scott Hines, also got to celebrate his retirement in style after a historic 15-year career at News 4. Carly and Eric never got to use those gift certificates, but the jump they got was even more epic. And Scott got to cross skydiving off his bucket list.

Watch the video below for more on Carly and Eric’s sky-high surprise.

Footage provided by KFOR Oklahoma City. 

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