Watch George H.W. Bush Celebrate His 90th Birthday by Falling 10,000 Feet

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June 12 2014 4:44 PM

Watch George H.W. Bush Celebrate His 90th Birthday by Jumping Out of a Goddang Helicopter


George H.W. Bush turned 90 today, and he celebrated the milestone in a way perfectly befitting the former fighter pilot with the tightest sock game on the planet: He jumped out of a helicopter.

The 41st president made his birthday skydive—which you can watch above—this morning in Kennebunkport, Maine, as part of a group jump with retired members of the U.S. Army's Golden Knights. Bush suffers from Parkinson's disease and mostly uses a wheelchair. But, as you can see, he successfully pulled off the tandem jump from 10,000 feet like a pro, landing safely on the grass near the Bush family estate. The former president also celebrated his 80th and 85th birthdays with successful skydives, and today's marked his eighth jump in total—the first coming when his plane was shot down over the Pacific during World War II.

A.J. McCarthy is a Slate video blogger.


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