A Chicago woman proves that we’re never too old to reach for the stars. Or, in her case jump out of a plane.
The 104-year old made his dream come true when he hoped to be certified the oldest person to ever skydive.
Dorothy Hoffner, who touched down Sunday in Ottawa, approximately 85 miles south of Chicago, told the crowd cheering her on.
She left her walker at the bottom of the jump as she did the tandem jump in northern Illinois.
Her second fall from the sky was after her first one when she was 100 years old and had to be shoved out of the plane. On Sunday, Hoffner insisted on leading the jump from 13,500 feet while tethered to a U.S. Parachute Association-certified instructor.
The Associated Press reported that the dive lasted seven full minutes, which included her slow parachute descent to earth. The wind blew Hoffner’s hair back as she came in to land. She clung to her harness, lifted her legs, and softly landed on the grass.
Hoffner’s friends rushed to greet her and congratulate her, while another person brought her walker.
Hoffner said, “The whole experience was wonderful. It couldn’t have gone better.” Hoffner will turn 105 this December. Next, she would like to go on a hot-air balloon ride.
FOX32 Chicago reported that organizers are trying to get Guinness World Records to certify Hoffner’s jump.
Linnea Larsson, 103 years old, from Sweden set the current Guinness World Record as the oldest skydiver in May 2022.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.