Bobby Henline – Accelerated Freefall Training

A Dream for Wounded Veteran

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Bobby Henline
Bobby Henline and his loving personality. — Image by Robert Seale

Bobby Henline, American hero and stand-up comedian began the journey of a lifetime on March 18, 2015 by starting his skydiving certification through the Axis Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, Arizona. With the help of the non-profit, veteran owned organization, Operation Enduring Warrior; Bobby’s dream is about to come true…


In his younger days, he dreamt of being able to fly through the sky, but that dream came to a standstill when he was injured in Iraq by a roadside bomb on April 7, 2007, with Bobby being the only survivor of 5 men involved in the explosion. Over 38% of his body was burned and his head burned all the way to his skull. He fought for his life in the hospital for six months and unfortunately after two years, he had to have his left hand amputated from injuries he had sustained in Iraq.

Stand-up comedy

After over forty surgeries, Bobby swore his occupational therapist that he would attempt stand up comedy in Los Angeles when he was in town for a doctor’s visit. A performance at an open mic night began an amazing journey for Bobby, where his love for stand-up comedy is proven through the joy and hope that he spreads to others through his humor. He currently lives in San Antonio, TX where he performs regularly at the “Laugh Out Loud,” and has also performed “The Laugh Factory,” “The LA Improv” and in Las Vegas at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club.

First jump

According to Bobby after his first skydiving jump, he said, “I can’t even put into words how much I appreciate everyone involved that made it possible for me to do my first 2 solo jumps today. It’s still unbelievable that I did that today. I get choked up and my eyes water up just thinking about it. Can’t wait for more jumps tomorrow.” He is attempting to get his “A” license certification in skydiving after a total of 25 jumps are completed and other requirements are met.

Bobby during one of his first jumps during his skydiving training with his trainers.
Bobby Henline during one of his jumps during his skydiving training at Skydive Arizona. — Image by Niklas Daniel

For more information on OEW and their programs, see Enduring Warrior.


To learn more about Bobby please visit his Facebook page.


Axis Flight School comprised of Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson, announced earlier last week that they have expanded their school that dons extensive and high level coaching in freefall, canopy and tunnel. They announced Examiner and professional swooper, Ben Lowe have joined forces with Axis to now include an Instruction Rating School in conjunction with Axis Flight School, appropriately named, “X-Ratings!”

X-Ratings Instructional School

Ben brings a wealth of experience and rounds out a world class team of instructors. X-Ratings will offer Instructional Courses for Coach Ratings, AFF Instructor Ratings as well as UPT Tandem Ratings.

Examiner Ben Lowe

If you’re looking to further your arial skills, complete your B-license canopy course, refine your skills in the tunnel, looking to be more competitive or earn an instructional rating, contact Axis Flight School at Skydive Arizona!

For more information for courses, contact X-Ratings here. 

Note: Axis Flight School has moved to the East part of the DZ, next to Square 2.

Axis Flight School

Skydive Radio Photo of the Week Show #216!

I would like to thank Dave at Skydive Radio for making my image below their pic of the week! Skydive Radio is the world’s leading internet radio show dedicated to the sport of skydiving.  Weekly episodes include commentary, feature interviews with industry insiders, listener-contributed photos, and e-mails from an audience that spans the globe.

Click here for a behind the scenes look at how the image was captured.

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