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Former President Bush plans 90th birthday skydive

Former President Bush plans 90th birthday skydive

TAKING THE PLUNGE:Harvard University President Drew Faust, left, and former President George H. W. Bush, right, position themselves for a photograph along with Chilean author Isabel Allende, top left, and singer Aretha Franklin, behind center, before Harvard commencement ceremonies, Thursday, May 29, in Cambridge, Mass. Photo: Associated Press/Steven Senne

BOWDOINHAM Maine (Reuters) – Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush plans to mark his 90th birthday with a skydive in Kennebunkport, Maine, on Thursday with a group of U.S. Army veterans.

“It’s a wonderful day in Maine – in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump,” said the 41st U.S. president, who first jumped from an aircraft almost 70 years ago when he was shot down over the Pacific Ocean during World War Two.

Bush, the father of 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush, has been celebrating birthdays with occasional skydives for years and marked his 75th and 80th birthdays with jumps.

In 2009, when he jumped to mark his 85th birthday, his son then-President Bush said: “I think he’s a nut to jump.”

Skies in Maine were heavily overcast with little wind on Thursday.

(Reporting by Dave Sherwood; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Eric Beech)

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