Former President George H.W. Bush Skydives to Celebrate 90th Birthday


Published 06/12 2014 02:19PM

Updated 06/12 2014 02:22PM

(KENNEBUNKPORT, Me.) - Former President George H.W. Bush jumped from a helicopter for his 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine Thursday morning.

President Bush can no longer use his legs, but he isn't letting that prevent him from keeping the vow made five years ago: to jump from an aircraft on his 90th birthday.

The nation's 41st president announced via Twitter that he intended to jump from a helicopter with a retired member of the Golden Knights, the Army's Parachute team, near his summer home on the Maine coast.

"It's a wonderful day in Maine. In fact, nice enough for a parachute jump," he tweeted.

The announcement was kept secret until the last minute, partly to give Bush himself the option of bagging it.

Spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush likes both a surprise and an adrenaline rush.

"It's vintage George Bush," McGrath said. "It's that passion for life. It's wanting to set a goal, wanting to achieve it. I'm sure part of it is
sending a message to others that even in your retirement years you can still find challenges."

The first time Bush jumped from an airplane was when his plane was shot down in World War II over the Pacific.

Later, he decided to jump from a plane of his own accord and marked his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays by skydiving.

He said on his 85th birthday that he'd like to do it again on his 90th.

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