Duns radio station reaches new heights

Kyle Wilson and Oscar McAndrew at the Generate Radio parachute jump
Kyle Wilson and Oscar McAndrew at the Generate Radio parachute jump

SINCE starting up the station a few years ago, Kyle Wilson and Oscar MacAndrew have taken Generate Radio to new heights and last week they themselves followed a similar trend by leaping out a plane at 10,000 feet.

Kyle and Oscar journeyed up to Strathallan for the jump, neither having done anything remotely similar previously.

But their nerves were somewhat calmed and spirits boosted by the news that before they took the leap of faith they had already raised over £1,500 for station funds.

The daring Duns duo headed north the day before their jump but after getting up bright and early on the day itself then had to wait a number of hours as thick fog prevented take off.

And Kyle, who had never even been in a plane let alone jump out of one, admitted that the delay in doing the tandem skydive did little to quell his anxiety.

“My goal was to go to the airfield, get the jump done and leave so we wouldn’t have too much time to think about the fact we were flinging ourselves from a plane,” he said.

“But unfortunately we were hanging around for around three hours as we waited for the sun to break through the fog.

“When the time came to actually do the jump I was kind of expecting me and Oscar to go up in the same plane but we didn’t, it would have been good to be able to support each other.

“It didn’t help that I was sat right near the door- well, really just a hole at the side of the plane.

“I’m not going to lie having never flown before I was a bit scared and I’m not sure that if I didn’t have another guy strapped to me I’d have gone ahead with it.

“It was extremely scary looking out of the plane and everything froze a bit as we leapt out.

“The freefall bit was over quite quickly- you fall at some speed, I think it’s up to something like 120mph but then when the parachute is pulled you slow down rapidly. The skydive itself was probably over in about five minutes but it felt a lot longer.

“ I don’t think I’d be in a hurry to repeat the experience anytime in the near future.”

It was a different story for Oscar as although he said like Kyle, the nerves came thick and fast as the plane climbed higher and higher, he would love to do another skydive as soon as possible.

“I had loads of adrenaline rushing through me out in the run up to the jump, during it and afterwards so by the time I got home on Sunday I was absolutely shattered,” he explained.

“I got back to Duns and went into the radio studio but after about half an hour I was exhausted

“After building up to the skydive for months the comedown from it it was massive.

“If I had the money I’d get my own licence and do another jump tomorrow, I enjoyed it that much.

“It felt really unnatural when I first looked out of the plane as it goes against all of your instincts to jump out.

“I used to be afraid of heights so it’s probably for the best I wasn’t right next to the door like Kyle was! Once I was out of the plane it felt like the whole world had flipped up and I was looking at it; it was very surreal.

“I started to enjoy it fairly quickly although like Kyle I’m not convinced I’d have done it if it wasn’t tandem.

“We were basically just along for the ride- all we had to do was remember which positions to have our arms and legs in.”

Both Kyle and Oscar were quick to praise all the people and organisations who have supported them on their fundraising journey so far, with proceeds going to a brand new Generate website.

As to what their next fundraising challenge will be, Kyle added: “We had the idea of doing the skydive when we were in the pub so it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s where we decide what to do next!”