What a badass. Even at 90 years old and constrained to a wheelchair, former President of the United States George H.W. Bush has quite an affinity for skydiving. Today Bush Senior is celebrating his 90th birthday at the Bush family’s estate in Maine.
It’s a wonderful day in Maine — in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump.
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) June 12, 2014
Just like he did on his 75th, 80th, and 85th birthdays, George H.W. Bush took to the sky for a 10,000-foot jump strapped in with retired members of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights. For those in need of a history lesson, a parachute saved the 41st U.S. President’s life during World War II. Via:
In 1944, when he was a 20-year-old fighter pilot, his plane was shot down while attacking a Japanese installation on the island of Chi Chi Jima in the Pacific. Bush Sr. parachuted into the open water, suffering only minor injuries before he was rescued by an American submarine. Two other men who were on the plane with Bush were killed.
Here’s the Instagram his son, George W., uploaded to Instagram of the jump:
And here’s how the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush saluted #41:
— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) June 12, 2014
90-years-young, GHWB. We salute you.