Johnson City man jumps at chance to skydive pyramids

Nathan Baker • Jul 2, 2018 at 7:15 PM

Lou Corleto believes in living the life of his dreams. Following the life-guiding philosophy sent him plummeting at 180 mph toward one of the Seven Wonders of the World last month with a big grin on his face.

In three sessions over three days in June, the Johnson City spiritual healer dove from an Egyptian military cargo plane high above the pyramids at Giza and parachuted to within yards of the ancient tombs, becoming one of a select group of people to do so.

Corleto, former owner of Life Expressions Chiropractic Center and an experienced skydiver and instructor, said he learned of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in an email from an old friend. Two Egyptian skydivers were trying to convince the government to establish a drop zone for parachute landings in the country and had organized the pyramid jump as a publicity stunt to drum up support.

He first thought it was a scam, too amazing to be true, but after reassurances from the old friend that it was real, Corleto put in an application, not really expecting to be approved.

Two days later, he was emailed final approval to participate.

With 1,225 jumps on six continents under his belt in the eight years since his first tandem jump, Corleto said the elation generated by skydiving never dulls.

“At 15,000 feet, that back door opens, and that’s when it kicks in, ‘those are actually the pyramids,’” he said. “We jump, and I am now flying over the last remaining of the Ancient Wonders of the World. It was surreal.”

Because divers are falling with gravity, Corleto said they don’t experience the lurch in their stomachs that people feel when on a roller coaster drop, which falls faster than gravity. Instead, free fall is more like floating toward the ground at 180 mph until the chute is pulled.

Corleto said he was fortunate to get the opportunity to make the jump with some of the best skydivers in the world, but he doesn’t believe in luck.

Through his teachings at his current practice, the Center for Life Expression, he helps show people that they are in control of their own destinies.

“It’s about empowering people to take their lives back, and once they do that, teaching them to manifest what they want in their lives,” he said.

In addition to skydiving, Corleto also teaches people to firewalk and scuba dive.

While in Egypt, he dove into the Red Sea at a place where a British military supply ship was sunk by a German bomber during World War II. 

The pyramid jump is definitely among his top dives of all time, but Corleto said he still has some others he plans to make.

At two drop zones, at Iguazu Falls in Argentina, the largest waterfall system in the world, and at the Amazon River, unsuitable weather prevented him from jumping. He said he plans to eventually go back and complete them.

Corleto also wants to skydive and scuba dive in Antarctica, which would cross the seventh continent off his list for those activities.

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