Former President George H. W. Bush Celebrates 90th Birthday with Parachute Jump

by Molly Wharton

Former President George H. W. Bush followed through today on a vow he had made five years ago: to make one last parachute jump on his 90th birthday. The nation’s 41st president can no longer use his legs, but that didn’t hold him back from jumping from a helicopter at 6,000 feet near his summer home in coastal Maine, harnessed to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliot.

“It’s a wonderful day in Maine- in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump,” the former president tweeted. 

Thursday morning, Bush’s family transported him from his wheelchair to the chopper and sang him “Happy Birthday” before it took off. He later floated safely to the ground in a red, white, and blue parachute. 

“He had a big smile for the crowd. You could tell he was exhilarated,” family friend Diana Untermeyer said. “He’s an amazing man. This is just another sign of that. I think that like most of America, our family loves him to pieces.”

View more of Bush’s skydiving adventures here.

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