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This US woman celebrated her 100th birthday with skydiving

world Updated: Nov 10, 2014 16:52 IST
Eleanor Cunningham

Eleanor Cunningham of Howes Cave, New York, has bested former US President George HW Bush.

He celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving; she made the big leap to mark her centennial.

Eleanor Cunningham skydives with Saratoga Skydiving Adventures on Saturday, in Gansevoort, New York. Cunningham turned 100 years old the day before. (AP Photo)

Cunningham kissed her seven-month-old great-great-granddaughter before suiting up for her 100th birthday jump on Saturday at Saratoga Skydiving in Gansevoort (GANZ'-voort). It was her third jump, after taking up the sport at age 90.

Cunningham lives with her granddaughter in their Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) County home in central New York. Her doctor signed off on the skydiving expedition, saying her health makes her more than capable of doing what she loves.

Dean McDonald of Saratoga Skydiving says Cunningham is his oldest jump partner yet.

Eleanor Cunningham smiles after safely landing with tandem master Dean McDonald at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures on Saturday in Gansevoort, New York, a day after her 100th birthday. (AP Photo)