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George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday with parachute jump

June 13, 2014

Former President George H.W. Bush may be 90 years old, but he's not ready to slow down. Bush, born in 1924, commemorated the day with a parachute jump from a helicopter near his summer home in Maine.

The 41st president was strapped to a retired member of the Army's parachute team, Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliot. Though Bush lost the use of his legs due to Parkinson's disease, he is still representing an active, healthy lifestyle for seniors.

The former president drifted through the Maine sky, suspended from a red, white and blue parachute. This was his eighth jump, the first being during World War II when his plane was shot down over the Pacific Ocean.

Bush celebrated his 85th birthday the same way and always planned to give it another go at 90. He didn't announce when it was happening too far in advance but the former POTUS posted about his adventure on Twitter the day of saying, "It's a wonderful day in Maine -- in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump."

"I'm sure part of it is sending a message to others that even in your retirement years you can still find challenges," said Spokesman Jim McGrath, according to People magazine.