A Seattle woman celebrated 103 years of life by setting a new Guinness World Record for being the oldest female tandem skydiver.
Kathryn “Kitty” Hodges was strapped to a Skydive Snohomish instructor Thursday when she jumped out of a plane 10,000 feet over Snohomish County alongside her son, Warren Hodges, and a few other family members.
“It’s fun, so why not have some fun? Hallelujah!” Hodges said in a interview.
Warren Hodges, who had been skydiving a few times, suggested the Guinness attempt to his mother. Skydive Snohomish officials said the current age record for a female tandem skydiver is 100, but a news report from Australia indicates a 102-year-old woman went skydiving last year.
Evidence from Hodges’ jump is being submitted to Guinness for official recognition.
“It was kind of overwhelming,” she said after landing. “I didn’t know what to say. I was so nervous.”