Former US president George H.W. Bush under canopy during
his 90th birthday tandem skydive. REUTERS/All Veteran
Former US president George H.W. Bush marked his 90th
birthday by skydiving out of a helicopter above Kennebunkport,
Maine, soaring under a red, white and blue parachute with a
group of US Army veterans.
"It's a wonderful day in Maine - in fact, nice enough for a
parachute jump," said the 41st US president, who first jumped
from an aircraft almost 70 years ago when he was shot down
over the Pacific Ocean during World War 2.
Live video showed Bush soaring over a wooded area of coastal
Maine, where he has long maintained a home. After landing, a
support team returned him to the wheelchair Bush uses to get
Bush, the father of 43rd US president George W. Bush, has
been celebrating birthdays with occasional skydives for years
and marked his 75th and 80th birthdays with jumps.
In 2009, when he jumped to mark his 85th birthday, his son
then-President Bush said: "I think he's a nut to jump."
Skies in Maine were heavily overcast with little wind on