This 101-year-old WWII veteran just became the oldest person in the world to skydive

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Bryson William Verdun Hayes, a WWII veteran, becomes the oldest person in the world to skydive. (Photo courtesy of Skydive Buzz)

LONDON — 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.

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Bryson William Verdun Hayes, a WWII veteran, becomes the oldest person in the world to skydive. (Photo courtesy of Skydive Buzz)

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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Bryson William Verdun Hayes, a WWII veteran, becomes the oldest person in the world to skydive. (Photo courtesy of Skydive Buzz)

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.

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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