This 101-year-old daredevil just broke the record for world’s oldest skydiver
Case in point: Bryson William Verdun Hayes, from Croyde, Devon, in the U.K., just broke the world record for being the oldest person to skydive at the age of 101 years and 38 days.
On Hayes completed a tandem skydive with three generations of his family, including his son, grandson, great-granddaughter, and his 16-year-old great-grandson, at an airfield in Honiton, Devon.
According to The Guardian, Hayes had been wanting to complete the jump since he turned 90, but was talked out of it by his wife, who has since passed away. The first time he got up the nerve to jump was on his 100th birthday.
Last year's skydive was an amazing experience. I must have got a bit of a taste for it, because it just made me want to do it again,” he said in a press statement to CNN.
Ever since the previous record holder, Canadian Armand Gendreau, completed his jump at the age of 101 and 3 days back in 2013, Hayes was determined to beat the record.
The Hayes family, 10 members in all, gathered at Skydive Buzz in Dunkeswell to take the 15,000-foot jump. The family had also set up donation pages raising money for the Royal British Legion. Hayes is a World War II veteran who has received the Légion d’honneur for his heroic actions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and in Normandy, France. So far, Hayes has raised £2,486.00 for his jump.
“He would class himself as a bit of a daredevil,” Hayes’ grandson-in-law, Ian Honnor, told CNN. “It wouldn't surprise me if he does it again in a year's time. And he's also talking about wing walking. So I'll now be looking into that to see if it's medically possible.”