By Joe McFarlane
Al Blaschke written his name into the history books by becoming the world’s oldest person to perform a tandem sky-dive, at the grand old age of 103.
Taking place over San Marcos, Texas, on July 2nd with the help of Skydive Spaceland San Marcos, Al flew up 14,000 feet into the air and leapt out into the clear blue skies.
The historical, Guinness world record-breaking moment was captured by Thomas Hughes, 39, and the Skydive Spaceland San Marcos crew.
Thomas said: “I was contacted by a lady called Betty Schlader, she is friends with Al. Betty bought up the idea of Al jumping to celebrate his twin grandson’s graduation and at the same time him breaking the Guinness world record for oldest tandem skydiver.
“Al was very relaxed before the jump, as people were boarding the airplane he was joking around about being a flight attendant, saying “welcome aboard, enjoy the flight” to everyone as they got on the plane.
“We all felt honored to meet Al, and it was a great pleasure to be in freefall beside him taking photos and video for him and the world to enjoy.
“Anytime there is a moment that can take away the stress of daily life while in a pandemic we should embrace it.
“Thanks Al for being a shining light.”