101-year-old British veteran becomes world's oldest tandem skydiver

By Daniel Uria   |   May 16, 2017 at 5:21 PM
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May 16 (UPI) -- A 101-year-old British daredevil became the world's oldest tandem skydiver after hopping from a plane in England.

Verdun Hayes first went skydiving for his 100th birthday and decided to give it another try in Devon on Sunday, when he completed a 15,000 foot tandem dive.

"Last year's skydive was an amazing experience," he said, according to CNN. "I must have got a bit of a taste for it, because it just made me want to do it again."

At the age of 101 and three days, Hayes edged out the previous record holder, Canadian Armand Gendreau, by just 35 days.

Hayes was joined by eight family members on his record-breaking jump including his son Bryan, grandson Roger and great-grandsons Joe and Stanley.

"He would class himself as a bit of a daredevil," Hayes' grandson-in-law Ian Honnor said. "He did a gliding session when he was 90, but he's never done anything of this nature."

Hayes, who served as a Lance Corporal in the D-Day campaign during World War II, attempted the record to raise money for The Royal British Legion.

He ultimately raised $3,100 for the British charity that supports members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.

Honnor said Hayes had wanted to sky dive for many years, but his wife wouldn't let him. He added that his grandfather-in-law may soon find himself back in the air for some other stunt next year.

"It wouldn't surprise me if he does it again in a year's time," Honnor said. "And he's also talking about wing walking. So I'll now be looking into that to see if it's medically possible."

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