At 102 years old, Ken Meyer breaks the skydiving record as the oldest skydiver to ever jump.
Meyer was born in Brooklyn in 1915. He has seen the end of two world wars, witnessed 20 presidential elections, and watched the world completely change throughout the course of his wonderful life. He is a father, a grandfather and a great-grandfather with a keen sense of adventure.
“It’s a good legacy,” he said, “but you can always make it better.” On Thursday, Meyer became the oldest known person to have completed a tandem skydive.
When Myer was asked why he would want to try something so risky at such an old age, he laughed. He said he wanted to do something out of the ordinary. His whole life he wanted to try it, but never made it happen and since he’s not getting any younger, he decided that it was time to take to the skies and jump. And so he did.
As the instruction team at Sussex Skydive helped Meyer into the plane, someone jokingly called out “Hey Kenny! Any last words?”
Meyer who was surrounded by family, friends and general well-wishers, gave a big thumbs up. “Yeah, here’s some last words,” he said. “Let’s go have a party!”
Meyer, who lives in Union, jumped from approximately 14,500 feet, guided by Sussex Skydive instructor Rich Wilkinson.
When asked if he would do it again, Meyer grinned. “Sure,” he said. “Let’s go!”
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