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Last Updated: Sunday April 05 2009 13:58 GMT

'Oldest' man sets skydive record

George Moyse during his tandem skydive

A 97-year-old granddad is thought to have jumped into the record books as Britain's oldest skydiver by leaping out of a plane 3,048 metres in the air.

Dare-devil George Moyse decided to try skydiving to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Strapped to an instructor, he was in freefall at nearly 120mph for the first half of the dive.

Afterwards, he said he'd really enjoyed it, adding: "It was the first time but it won't be the last".

George Moyse
George said he wasn't frightened during his skydive

George, who'll be celebrating his 98th birthday on Wednesday, landed safely on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

But although it looks as if he is Britain's oldest skydiver, he's a few years younger than the oldest person to ever jump out of a plane.

That record's held by an Australian man who went skydiving when he was 101!