Verdun hayes, the Great Grandpa of co-founder of Ben at Good News, breaks the World Record by completing a tandem skydive with three generations of his family in Devon. A D-day veteran who jumped 15,000ft from a plane has become the oldest person in the world to skydive – at the age of 101 and 38 days.
Bryson William Verdun Hayes, known as Verdun, broke the world record on Sunday 15TH May, completing a tandem skydive with three generations of his family at an airfield in Honiton, Devon.
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.
The great-grandfather tried skydiving for the first time when he reached 100, but breaking the British record for the oldest skydiver was not enough for him.
Hayes, who said a parachute jump was something he had wanted to do since he turned 90 – but was talked out of it by his wife, who has since died – was determined to take the world record and beat its previous holder, Canadian Armand Gendreau who skydived in June 2013 aged 101 and three days.