Thursday 23 October 2014

How Bush (90) got the drop on old age

Published 13/06/2014 | 02:30

Former President George H.W. Bush, strapped to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team, prepare to land on the lawn at St. Anne's Episcopal Church while celebrating Bush's 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine. AP
Former President George H.W. Bush, strapped to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team, prepare to land on the lawn at St. Anne's Episcopal Church while celebrating Bush's 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine. AP
Former President George H.W. Bush is tethered to Mike Elliott, a member of the All Veteran Parachute Team, on a jump from a helicopter as they celebrate Bush's 90th birthday . AP
Former President George H.W. Bush is tethered to Mike Elliott, a member of the All Veteran Parachute Team, on a jump from a helicopter as they celebrate Bush's 90th birthday . AP
Barbara Bush kisses former President George H.W. Bush after his landing of a parachute jump on his 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine. AP
Barbara Bush kisses former President George H.W. Bush after his landing of a parachute jump on his 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine. AP

FORMER US president George Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in Maine.

The 41st president jumped out of a helicopter while harnessed to a retired member of the army's parachute team.

Mr Bush, who can no longer use his legs, could be seen floating to the ground using a red, white and blue parachute.

A spokesman said he landed safely and softly, out of the sight of reporters. "You could tell he was exhilarated," said Diana Untermeyer, a family friend.

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