The 104-year-old parachutist

A woman from Chicago, United States, fulfilled an old dream. Her name is Dorothy Hoffner. Who is she? She is none other than the 104-year-old skydiver. She hopes to be certified as the oldest person to skydive.

He performed a tandem jump on Sunday. She landed 4,100 meters (13,500 feet) later at a northern Illinois airport. “Age is just a number,” Dorothy Hoffner told a cheering crowd. She did so moments after touching down Sunday at Chicago Skydive Airport in Ottawa. It is about 140 kilometers southwest of Chicago.

The 104-year-old skydiver broke a world record.
The 104-year-old skydiver broke a world record.

Breaking records

The Guinness World Record for the oldest skydiver was held by Swedish Linnéa Ingegärd Larsson, aged 103. But Hoffner’s jump is expected to be certified as the new record. Hoffner skydived for the first time when she was 100 years old. On Sunday, she left her walker before she was helped up the stairs. She thus joined the others waiting inside to skydive. When she jumped for the first time at 100 years old, they had to insist that she jump. This time, Hoffner insisted on leading the jump.

She seemed calm and confident when the plane was airborne and the aft door opened. The dive lasted seven minutes. Then his parachute opened for a slow descent. Finally, the wind pushed Hoffner’s white hair back as he clung to the harness covering his narrow shoulders. She raised her legs as the ground approached and she plopped down on a grassy area at the airport.

Next challenge

Friends rushed to share congratulations, while someone brought in Hoffner’s red walker. He quickly got up and a reporter asked him how he felt when he returned to the ground. “Wonderful,” Hoffner said. “But it was wonderful up there. “Everything was lovely, wonderful, it couldn’t have been better.”

After his jump, Hoffner’s mind quickly turned to the future and other challenges. The 104-year-old skydiver said her next trip may be in a hot air balloon. “I’ve never been to one of those,” she said.

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