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104-year-old woman breaks world record for oldest person to skydive

A centenarian has broken the world record for being the oldest person to skydive.

Some people are terrified standing on the edge of a cliff, let alone plucking up enough courage to jump out of a plane.

However, Dorothy Hoffner has managed to do it without breaking a sweat.

The 104-year-old hopped into a plane in northern Illinois to write herself into the history books.

The aircraft climbed to a height of 13,500 feet and Dorothy was told it was her time.

Strapped to a dive instructor, the pair leapt out of the plane and enjoyed a few seconds of free fall before the parachute was deployed.

As she touched back down on solid ground at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, the centenarian shouted ‘age is just a number’.

What a legend.

Her loved ones quickly gathered around her and she was given her red walker to allow her to walk away.

She said it was an incredible experience.

“It was wonderful up there. The whole thing was delightful, wonderful, couldn’t have been better,” she said.

But it wasn’t her first time.

Dorothy said she was lucky enough to get into the skies before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

Skydive Chicago is now working to have the Guinness World Records certify Hoffner’s jump.

The current record was given to 103-year-old Linnéa Ingegärd Larsson from Sweden after she jumped out of a plane in May last year.

When Dorothy skydived for the first time at 100 years old, she admitted the instructor helped push them out together.

However, for this record-breaking jump, she said she wanted to lead the charge.

She’s set to turn 105 in December and said she might try riding in a hot air balloon for the first time to celebrate.

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