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A TALL TAIL
Jimmy first took his pet terrier paragliding in a harness when he was a year-old puppy.
Since then, the four-year-old canine has
developed a taste for the high life and chalked up more than 40 flights in his own logbook.
He regularly soars with Mr Rimski to heights of more than 600m (2,000ft) where he barks at bemused seagulls and howls along when his owner plays his harmonica.
Mr Rimski, a 35-year-old Army helicopter pilot from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, said The General was ‘excited’ before every take-off.
‘I took him up as a puppy and he loved it from the first moment.
‘Now he gets really excited every time I fly, wagging his tail and jumping up,’ he said.
‘Some people give me funny looks but I think most people like the idea. He’s a bossy, funny little terrier.
‘He loves flying and, if he didn’t, he would soon let me know.’
The General sits in his master’s lap in a dog harness bought from a pet shop but specially adapted and they launch from various sea cliffs on the Norfolk coast. ‘He has done more hours in the air than many paragliders and he even has his own log book where I record all his flights,’ said Mr Rimski.