A remarkable 104-year-old woman from Chicago has demonstrated that age is merely a number by venturing into a thrilling new experience – skydiving. Dorothy Hoffner, who is awaiting official verification from Guinness World Records, defied expectations as she became the oldest person to skydive. Leaving her walker behind, she embarked on her adventure at the Skydive Chicago center in Ottawa, Illinois, approximately 85 miles south of Chicago.
Dorothy’s initial skydiving experience occurred at the age of 100, where she required some encouragement to exit the aircraft. This time, however, she eagerly led the tandem 13,500-foot jump, exclaiming, “Let’s go, let’s go, Geronimo!” once comfortably seated on the plane. The entire dive lasted a mere seven minutes, filling her with exhilaration and joy.
Upon safely returning to the ground, Dorothy was greeted by friends who congratulated her on her incredible achievement. She described the experience as “wonderful” both in the sky and back on solid ground, emphasizing that skydiving is an extraordinary adventure that everyone should try.
In her quest for new experiences, Dorothy Hoffner isn’t stopping here. She plans to embark on a hot air balloon ride, a venture she has yet to undertake. As she approaches her 105th birthday in December, she continues to inspire others with her boundless spirit and determination. Skydive Chicago is collaborating with Guinness World Records to officially certify her jump as a world record, surpassing the previous record set by Sweden’s Linnéa Ingegärd Larsson, who was 103 years old when she accomplished her skydiving feat in May 2022. Dorothy Hoffner’s zest for life and her willingness to embrace new challenges serve as an inspiration to people of all ages.