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Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday by Skydiving (Video)

Eleanor Cunningham went skydiving on Saturday to celebrate her 100th birthday.

She kissed her 7-month-old great-great-granddaughter at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures in Gansevoort, N.Y., before going up in a plane to do her third lifetime jump.

She began this hobby at age 90 and has made a jump every five years. She plans to jump again when she turns 105.

Cunningham's doctor gave his approval for the jump, reports the Associated Press.

Cunningham has five children,15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

"She said I'm going to either land alive or dead, one way or the other," Cunningham's granddaughter Debbie Rogers told Times Union. "She's been talking about this for a long time."

After the jump, Cunningham appeared to be okay and said she enjoyed the jump with partner Dean McDonald, who jumped with her once before.

Cunningham is not the first 100 year old to skydive.

Vernon Maynard celebrated his 100th birthday on Nov. 4, 2013, with his first skydive in Perris Valley, Calif., according to J. Walcher Communications (video below).

Maynard made the 13,000-foot jump with his two great nephews.

Sources: Associated Press, Times Union, J. Walcher Communications


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