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NINETY years old and Derek Sherwood is throwing himself out of a perfectly good working aeroplane for a thrill.

He did it to celebrate his landmark birthday and it follows abseiling off the John Radcliffe Hospital (three times, don’t you know) and driving a steam engine.

Parachuting terrifies plenty of younger folks and it now raises the question what daredevil activity Mr Sherwood is planning to celebrate turning 100.