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George H. W. Bush Marks 90th Birthday by Skydiving

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:02:23 +0000

U.S. Army/Texas A&M University via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former president George H. W. Bush may be wheelchair bound, but he’s not letting that stop him from jumping out of a plane.

The 41st president announced Thursday on Twitter that he’ll celebrate his 90th birthday with a tandem skydive near his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

 

Bush will be joined by Mike Elliott, a former member of the U.S. Army Parachute Team and the president of All Veterans Group, according to a statement from Bush's office.

This isn’t Bush’s first skydive: He celebrated his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays the same way.

But according to the statement, “President Bush's first parachute jump took place when he was shot down over the Pacific island of Chi Chi Jima on September 2, 1944.”


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