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    Steve Simonds and instructor Owen Peters look to a video camera during their tandem skydive in Pittsfield. Simonds is 91 and it was his first time skydiving.

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    Steve Simonds, of South Portland, watches as other skydivers float to the ground before taking his turn at Vacationland Skydiving in Pittsfield.

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    Jane Laplante takes a horizontal break with her dad, Steve Simonds, of South Portland, as he visualizes a successful jump before skydiving for the first time.

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    Patty Langkopf, of North Yarmouth, a friend of Steve Simonds of South Portland, helps Simonds as he puts on a jumpsuit before skydiving for the first time at age 91.

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    Steve Simonds of South Portland gives the thumbs up while sharing a ride with Amy Collinsworth, Brad Fisher and Owen Peters of Vacationland Skydiving following Simonds’ first-ever skydive at age 91.

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    Steve Simonds flashes a big smile from the plane while instructor Owen Peters climbs in as they head up for Simond’s dive. Jill Brady/Staff Photographer

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    Steve Simonds of South Portland and instructor Owen Peters float to the ground as Simonds skydives for the first time at age 91.

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    Steve Simonds’ granddaughters, Aimee Laplante, 19, and Renee Laplante, 25, and daughter Jane Laplante join Simonds’ friend Patty Langkopf, of North Yarmouth, as they watch Simonds approach the ground in Pittsfield as he skydives for the first time at age 91. (Photo by )

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    Steve Simonds of South Portland is greeted by his daughter Jane Laplante while dive instructor Owen Peters carries the gear following Simonds’ dive at Vacationland Skydiving.

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    Steve Simonds served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Caiman submarine during World War II. He served from 1943 until 1946.

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    Steve and Judith Simonds enjoy a special dinner in the early days of their marriage. They were together for 57 years, until her death in 2010.

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