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This 101-Year-Old Veteran Is the World’s Oldest (And Coolest) Skydiver

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Verdun Hayes, you are #greatgrandfathergoals.

The 101-year-old became the world’s oldest tandem skydiver after completing a record-breaking jump in England on Sunday.

Hayes, who served in World War II as a Lance Corporal and was part of the D-Day campaign, went skydiving for the first time last year to celebrate his 100th birthday.

He loved it so much, he decided to jump again — but this time from 15,000 feet.

“Last year’s skydive was an amazing experience,” he said in a press statement. “I must have got a bit of a taste for it, because it just made me want to do it again.”

Canadian Armand Gendreau, who jumped from 10,000 feet in June 2013 aged 101 and three days, previously held the record, reports CNN.

Hayes is 34 days older.

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Eight members of his family joined him for the jump, including his son, grandson and great-grandsons.

“He’d wanted to do it for many years and his wife wouldn’t let him,” Ian Honnor, Hayes’ grandson-in-law who also took part in the skydive, told CNN. “He would class himself as a bit of a daredevil. He did a gliding session when he was 90, but he’s never done anything of this nature.”

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Hayes jumped to raise money for The Royal British Legion, an organization that supports members of the armed forces community.

He’s raised around $3,100 so far, according to the outlet.

So, how exactly did Hayes feel about completing this amazing feat?

“Oh, absolutely over the moon,” he said.