British WWII veteran, 101, breaks Canadian’s skydiving record

Hayes said he had wanted to try skydiving when he was 90, but was talked out it at the time by his late wife. He jumped for the first time last year at 100.

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( via AP) In this grab taken from video, Verdun Hayes gestures as he tandem skydives in Devon, England, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Hayes served in the British Army during World War II, and was awarded France’s Legion of Honor for his heroic actions.

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Bryson William Verdun Hayes completed a tandem skydive with members of his extended family on Sunday at an airfield in Honiton, southwest England.


Among those jumping were Hayes’ son, grandson, great-grandson and great-granddaughter.

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LONDON — A 101-year-old D-Day veteran has become the oldest person in the world to skydive.

At the age of 101 years, 38 days, Hayes broke the Guinness World Record held by Canada’s Armand Gendreau, who jumped in 2013 at 101 years, three days.