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90-year-old ex-President Bush to make parachute jump

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 12, 2014 at 8:09 a.m.

In this Nov. 4, 2012, file photo, former president George H.W. Bush pauses for a photo before an NFL football game in Houston between the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush can no longer use his legs, but he isn't letting that stop him from keeping a vow he made five years ago: to jump from an aircraft on his 90th birthday, which is Thursday.

"It's a wonderful day in Maine — in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump," the nation's 41st president announced on Twitter.

Bush intends to jump from a helicopter with a retired member of the Golden Knights, the Army's parachute team, near his summer home on the Maine coast, spokesman Jim McGrath said.

The announcement was kept secret until the last minute, partly to give Bush himself the option of bagging it. The forecast Thursday called for clouds and scattered showers across southern Maine.

The first time Bush jumped from an airplane was when his plane was shot down in World War II over the Pacific. Later, he decided to jump from a plane of his own accord and marked his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays by skydiving.

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