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101-Year-Old British WWII Vet Breaks Skydiving Record

Bryson William Verdun Hayes had wanted to try skydiving when he was 90, but was talked out of it at the time by his late wife

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    Bryson William Verdun Hayes broke the Guinness World Record for oldest person to skydive at 101 years and 38 days, after the British D-Day veteran jumped for the second time on Sunday. Hayes jumped with his son, grandson, great-grandson and great-granddaughter when he broke the record. (Published Monday, May 15, 2017)

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

    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.

    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.

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

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