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104-year-old woman becomes oldest skydiver in the world

By Madeleen Saguid Published Oct 02, 2023 4:14 pm Updated Oct 02, 2023 4:27 pm

"Age is only a number, you know?"

That's what 104-year-old Dorothy Hoffner from Chicago said when she made history on Sunday, Oct. 1 as the oldest person in the world to successfully complete a skydive.

Local media outlet Chicago Tribune documented her remarkable feat, where she was joined by a tandem partner named Derek Baxter just like her first jump in 2019. At the time, Hoffner decided that her next attempt was going to be one for the record books.

Jake Sheridan, a reporter for Chicago Tribune, shared a video of the last moments of Hoffner's record-breaking skydive. "And Dorothy Hoffner lands! The 104-year-old is now the oldest skydiver ever, unofficially. Amazing!" he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

Hoffner’s skydiving achievement surpassed Rut Linnéa, a 103-year-old Swedish woman who did the same thing in 2022.

Organizers from Skydive Chicago are now working with Guinness World Records to officially certify Hoffner's jump, as reported by FOX 32 Chicago.  

While Hoffner said she’d like to skydive again one day, she expressed her desire to ride a hot air balloon for her next adventure.