He’s already achieved internet stardom thanks to YouTube and Reddit, now Michigan “airport K-9” Piper has crossed off another achievement, completing his first skydive, KTLA sister station WXMI reported.
In a Facebook post, Piper’s owner Brian Edwards explained that the jump was part of a charity event with Spike’s K9 Fund, who had donated an aerial vest to the Cherry Capitol Airport. The founder, Jimmy Hatch, took Piper on the skydive adventure in Suffolk, Virginia this past weekend.
The 360-degree video shows Piper jumping from 5,000 feet and landing like a champ.
“As you can see, Piper is a BOSS. He can’t wait to go again!” Edwards wrote.
The Facebook video has been viewed more than 4,000 times since it was posted on August 31.
Piper, a 7-year-old border collie, works at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City. Piper’s job at the airport is chasing birds off the runways, primarily geese, ducks and owls. He officially started working at the airport in January 2015.
Piper was called the “coolest dog ever” after a photo of him wearing goggles in front of a Coast Guard helicopter went viral last winter. Four million people have clicked on the video of Piper.
Edwards, the airport operations supervisor, adopted Piper back in 2012.
EPIC WEEKEND ALERT!! We had an amazing time this weekend in Suffolk, VA at the first annual @spikesk9fund Carcasstossing for Canines. A ton of great people came out to support such an amazing cause and we're grateful we could be a part of it! Also, Pipe jumped out of a freakin airplane! This was the culmination of our years of training and the trust we've built. No one is more qualified to jump with dogs than the founder of Spike's K9 Fund, Jimmy. Dude did great! I mean look, he's just chillin like a villain. If this isn't a #motivationmonday post, I don't know what is! Thank you Jimmy, you are incredible and inspiring. We're lucky to call you a friend, as with the rest of the Spike's crew. ——————- Eye Pro: @rexspecsk9 Vest: @k9storminc (Donated by Spike's K9 Fund) Photo cred: Jimmy Hatch (Spike's K9 Fund) 🇺🇸🇺🇸 #badass #airportk9 #k9 #k9team #k9storm #rexspecsk9 #spikesk9fund #incredible #skydive #dog #dogsoffreedom #dogsofinstagram #bordercollie #bordercolliesofinstagram #workingdog #workingdogsofig #traversecity #puremichigan #suffolk #skydivesuffolk #gopro @skydivesuffolk