101-year-old sets skydiving world record; video

On Sunday — according to Newsweek — a 101-year-old World War II veteran from Britain launched himself out of a plane at 15,000 feet above sea level and became the oldest person to ever attempt a tandem skydive.

The historic skydive went down Sunday at the Skydive Buzz skydiving outfit in the United Kingdom when British veteran Bryson William Verdun Hayes jumped from the plane at the ripe old age of 101 years and 38 days. In doing so, he broke a 2014 Guinness World Record by a man named Armand Gendreau who completed a tandem skydive at 101 years and 3 days.

This wasn’t Hayes’ first skydiving record — last year he became the first British centenarian to ever complete a tandem skydive.

“Last year’s skydive was an amazing experience,” Hayes said in a press statement. “I must have got a bit of a taste for it, because it just made me want to do it again.”

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An ecstatic Hayes proudly flew the Union Jack after his dive. Photo: Courtesy of SSAFA

In fact, despite his old age, Hayes’ family — who were present with him at the time of the jump — told CNN he’s as much of an adrenaline junkie as ever.

“He’d wanted to do it for many years and his wife wouldn’t let him,” Ian Honnor, Hayes’ grandson-in-law who also took part in the skydive, told CNN. “He would class himself as a bit of a daredevil. He did a gliding session when he was 90, but he’s never done anything of this nature.”

The jump wasn’t simply a stunt for Hayes, he used it as a way to raise money for the Royal British Legion, a charity that supports members and veterans of the UK armed forces and their families. Currently, his jump has raised more than $3,500.

And Hayes seems like he isn’t planning on stopping his skydiving ways anytime soon.

“Beautiful,” he can be heard saying in the video above following his jump. “Really, I’d do it again tomorrow. I would truthfully.”

According to CNN and Newsweek, Hayes served as a Lance Corporal in the British Army during World War II and was part of the D-Day campaign. He reportedly was awarded France’s Legion of Honour, the country’s highest order of merit, for his service.

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