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103-year-old becomes world's oldest tandem skydiver

Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A 103-year-old man became the Guinness World Record holder for the oldest tandem skydiver when he jumped out of a plane in Texas.

Alfred "Al" Blaschke, who went skydiving for the first time in 2017 to celebrate his 100th birthday, made good on a promise to return to the skies three years later to celebrate his twin grandsons graduating from college.

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Blaschke jumped out of the plane at 14,000 feet while strapped to Don Cameron, a certified tandem jump instructor at Skydive Spaceland San Marcos.

The centenarian landed safely on the ground about 5 minutes later.

"Everything went perfect," Blaschke said. "Skydiving is a very safe sport these days. Statistically, it's more dangerous to get snacks out of a vending machine."

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