Monday, July 28, 2014
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George H.W. Bush Skydives for His 90th Birthday

George H.W. Bush pulled out all the stops for his 90th birthday! The former president celebrated the milestone by going skydiving. He jumped out of a helicopter while fastened to a retired Army parachuter, and floated safely to the ground in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Two years ago, Bush made a vow to go skydiving on his 90th birthday, telling his granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager that he had “one more left in [him].”

The 41st president dived on his 80th and 85th birthdays, too, and according to his office, this was his eighth parachute jump. His first was during World War II as a 20-year-old fighter pilot, when the Japanese shot down his plane over the Pacific in 1944. He parachuted down into open water and was rescued by an American submarine.

“You felt being scared sometimes, not all the time,” he told Bush Hager on the Today show. “When I was coming down in the parachute, I was scared, and I was scared when I was in the water swimming, getting way from the Japanese island. I was scared.”

“I did it wrong,” he added. “I pulled the ripcord too early and hit the tail of the plane with my head, just (taking a) glancing blow. I’ve decided that later on, well, I want to do it right. And so that did spark my interest in making another jump, (and) this time getting it correct.”

In an interview last year with Parade, his grandson George P. Bush called his grandfather an “amazing man” and said “I hope to see him jump out of a perfectly operating airplane at the age of 90.”

He’ll do that? Parade asked.

“Absolutely,” he replied. “Crazy like a fox.”

Sounds like he was right!

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Lindsay Lowe
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