Carrabelle resident Dr. Mike Horan has joined the board of the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame where he currently serves on the Building & Exhibits Design and Curations committees.
Horan's longtime love of skydiving began in 1963 after returning from Vietnam to the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia. In the following years, he began researching and writing about skydiving. His efforts produced three books and a trove of articles as contributing author for every active sport parachuting magazine including Parachutist, the official publication for the United States Parachute Association (USPA).
Horan is a lifetime member of USPA and served as a regional conference director for eight years and historian/archivist for 10 years. As archivist, he collected and bound 59 volumes of, by some estimates, every English-written magazine worldwide, as well as over 250 books. This extensive library has been donated to the museum.
He has also served as a club safety officer (CSO), area safety officer (ASO) and earned the instructor and jumpmaster ratings, safety and training advisor, and professional exhibition skydiver Rating. He is a master parachute rigger and has earned double diamond wings for 3,000 jumps, and 24-hour free fall badge.
During his active skydiving career, Horan utilized his GI Bill to obtain an undergraduate degree in sociology and a master’s degree in clinical social work at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Years later, he travelled to Tallahassee, Florida, with his family and attended Florida State University. He graduated with a doctorate in higher education leadership in 1961. Mike lives in Carrabelle with his wife Maria.
The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame is collaborating with Skyventure iFly to co-locate with a 16-foot iFly wind tunnel in North Orlando. The name on the building will be “Skydive Experience.” The purpose of the International Skydiving Museum is to recognize and promote the sport of skydiving through public education and awareness; recognize the contribution to skydiving by its participants, suppliers and supporters; capture forever the history of the sport through its events, equipment and personalities; and enhance aviation safety as it pertains to skydiving. It is expected the museum will draw visitors from throughout the world to experience the thrill of skydiving through its history of people, equipment and events.
The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation governed by a board of trustees.
For additional information about the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame, visit www.skydivingmuseum.org.