Former US President George HW Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday by carrying out his eighth parachute jump.
“It’s a wonderful day in Maine — in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump,” tweeted the elder Bush, who has seemed frail in recent public appearances, and is often seen in a wheelchair.
The 41st commander-in-chief parachuted out of a helicopter near his family home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Television footage showed the aircraft hovering over the target of the skydive, the jump and then the former president on the ground a short time later, with a swarm of people assisting him.
“41 doing ‘great, exhilarated’ following his skydive and a ‘hot’ landing,” his spokesman Jim McGrath said on Twitter after the jump.
The tandem jump was Bush’s eighth, with the first on September 2, 1944 — when he was shot down over the Pacific island Chi Chi Jima as a pilot in World War II.
He recalled that experience in an NBC interview with his granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager aired Thursday, acknowledging it actually made him want to jump again — and do it right.
“I pulled the rip cord too early, hit the tail of the plane with my head, just a glancing blow,” he said.
“And that, I decided that later on, well I want to do it right. And so that did spark my interest in making another jump — this time getting it correct.”
The Republican, who was in the White House from 1989 to 1993, also jumped to mark his 80th and 85th birthdays.