103-Year-Old Dives Right Out of the Sky

Al Blaschke said he wasn't doing it for himself
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2020 2:20 PM CDT
103-Year-Old Dives Right Out of the Sky
Al Blaschke of Sun City, Texas, skydives with the help of instructor Aaron Burwell on his 100th birthday at Skydive Temple in Salado, Texas, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.   (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Falling from 14,000 feet up is hair-raising enough, but doing it at 103? "I never thought I would be around this long," Al Blaschke told ABC News after making his Guinness World Records-breaking leap with two grandsons. Blaschke, who tied the record back in 2017 at age 100, took to the skies Thursday over San Marcos, Texas, to celebrate his 22-year-old twin grandsons' graduations—Kevin Blaschke from the University of Texas and Jason Blaschke from Texas A&M. "I'm mainly here to see my twin grandsons," he told the Austin American-Statesman. "That's been my goal, to jump the second time to honor their graduation. And that's why I’m here."

Kevin and Jason agreed to the leap with a little trepidation: "It means a lot to him. He talked us into it. I committed to it. Just a little nervous, you know," said Kevin, while Jason, who said he can "fly Cessna 172s, kinda," admitted "it will go against my nature to jump out of a perfectly good airplane." Yet the jump-party went airborne in the Havilland Twin Otter aircraft—including Kevin's fiancee, who just learned about this the day before—and the three men jumped. Blaschke seemed a bit shaken afterward, saying, "that was too much swaying. ... This was altogether different from my first jump. This was a real jump." But his grandsons looked aglow as the three of them sat together. "We love you for it," Jason told him. "We really do." (Read more skydiving stories.)

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