Bush 41 Jumps with Golden Knights

June 17th, 2009

In what has become a tradition for former President George H.W. Bush, the former World War II naval aviator celebrated his most recent birthday with a tandem parachute jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. The event took place in Kennebunkport, Maine at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, which is the same location where the former president's parents were married.

Family and friends gathered to observe the jump, looking skyward as the former president and his tandem master SFC Michael Elliott, made their descent toward the target area and a near-perfect, stand-up landing. All five of his children were present, including the 43rd President, George W. Bush.

"It was a great exhilarating feeling, I don't feel a day over 84," noted the President. "It sends a message around the globe you don't have to sit around just 'cause you're an old guy drooling. Get out and do something, get out and enjoy life," he added.