Bryson William Verdun Hayes, a D-day veteran jumped 15,000 ft from a plane to become world’s oldest skydiver – at the age of 101 and 38 days.
Canadian Armand Gendreau previously held the record with his June 2013 jump from 10,000 feet in the Quebec area. He was 101 and three days old at the time.
As he touched down, the former Royal Signals lance corporal said “hooray” and added that he was feeling “absolutely over the moon” at completing the challenge.
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.
Hayes, a World War II veteran, took his first jump last year to celebrate his centenarian birthday.
He took to the skies with 10 members of his family at Skydive Buzz in Dunkeswell, all raising money for the Royal British Legion.
The youngest skydiver was Stanley, 16, Hayes’ great-grandson, while his grandson Roger, 50, son Bryan, 74, and great-granddaughter Ellie, 21, were also among those who took the leap.
Hayes 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.