A 104-year-old Chicago woman is hoping to set a record for the oldest person to skydive after she left her walker on the ground and made a tandem jump in northern Illinois. “Age is just a number,” Dorothy Hoffner told the crowd moments after touching down Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The Guinness World Record for oldest skydiver, which Hofner hopes to beat, was set in May 2022 by 103-year-old Linnea Ingegard Larsson of Sweden.
Dorothy Hoffner made her first parachute jump when she was 100 years old. On Sunday, she left her walker very close to the plane and was helped up the steps to join the others waiting to skydive.
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Hoffner says that on her first jump, she had to be pushed out of the plane. On Sunday, however, strapped to a USA Parachute Association-certified instructor, the centenarian insisted on leading the jump from 4,100 meters.
Dorothy Hoffner looks relaxed and completely confident as she makes the seven-minute jump, including the slow descent of her parachute to the surface. Once on solid ground, Hoffner said she felt great, adding that “it was wonderful and wonderful up there.”
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After the jump, Dorothy Hoffner’s mind quickly turns to the future and new challenges. The woman from Chicago, who should turn 105 years old in December, said that the next time she might ride in a hot air balloon, writes BTA.