War hero skydives into the record books

War hero skydives into the record books

WORLD War II veteran Bryson William Verdun Hayes has literally jumped into the record books after becoming the oldest person to skydive in the world.

The D-Day war hero claimed the record when he completed a tandem jump from 4,570m at the age of 101 years and 38 days in England.

Giving a big two thumbs up at an airfield in Honiton, Devon, Mr Hayes, affectionally known as Verdun, said he was "absolutely" excited to be going for the record before climbing into the plane.

World War II veteran Bryson William Verdun Hayes has literally jumped into the record books after becoming the oldest person to skydive in the world.
World War II veteran Bryson William Verdun Hayes has literally jumped into the record books after becoming the oldest person to skydive in the world. Credit: Skydive Buzz via Storyful

High above the ground, Mr Hayes, who only took up the sport last year, had a look of concentration as his partner inched him towards the side of the plane and, with one last thumbs up, pushed them both into the open sky.

And after about a minute of freefall, Mr Hayes glided towards his celebrating family and into the record books.

"(I'm) absolutely over the moon!" Mr Hayes said following the jump.

Mr Hayes broke the record of Canadian Armand Gendreau, who held the record from 2013 when he jumped at the age of 101 years and three days.


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