David Newcomer, M.D., took his maiden skydive in 2000, at the urging of his longtime friend, Dr. Larry Bieber.
Dr. Newcomer was hooked on skydiving after that first free fall.
Since then, Dr. Newcomer, of Mid Atlantic Surgical Services Inc., has made a total of 903 skydives in 27 states, jumping from jets, gliders, small planes, helicopters and even a hot air balloon.
Dr. Newcomer has made five high-altitude jumps from 30,000 feet -- including one at night – and many “demo” jumps into special events, including one at the Lancaster Airport, before a crowd of thousands. At age 69, Dr. Newcomer now doesn’t skydive as often.
About 10 years ago, Dr. Newcomer got his private pilot’s license. He began blending his longtime interest in photography with flying by taking aerial photographs, which he includes in an annual calendar for referring physicians and patients.
He has now accumulated 2,400 hours of flying time, including six trips to the West Coast in his favorite general aviation airplane, a Piper Saratoga.
Here are some aerial photos from his latest trip.
A view of Mount Rainier from 30 miles
About 2,000 feet above the summit of Mount Rainier
Flying directly over the summit of Mount Rainier
View of Nisqually Glacier looking down from the summit of Mount Rainier
Looking northwest from about 14,000 feet
View of Mount St. Helens from near Mount Rainier. These volcanos are about 41 miles apart. Notice how the north face of the Mount St. Helens caldera was blown out by the 1980 eruption.