At 101 years old, D-Day veteran Bryson William Verdun Hayes has broken the world record for the oldest tandem skydive.Verdun shouted ‘hooray’ and said he was ‘absolutely over the moon’ when he touched down at at an airfield in Honiton, Devon.
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The D-Day hero, who is 101 and 38 days, beat the former record set by Canadian Armand Gendreau by 35 days.”The current world record is held by a Canadian called Armand Gendreau,” Mr Hayes told local news outlet Devon Live before the jump.
“No offence to him, but I want to bring that record back to the UK where it belongs.”Hayes boarded a plane that took him and his skydiving companions up to 15,000 feet. He showed no fear as he got ready to set the record.
Members of his extended family, including Hayes’ son, grandson, great-grandson and great-granddaughter joined him for the jump at an airfield in Honiton, England.