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WATCH: George H.W. Bush Went Skydiving to Celebrate His 90th Birthday

The World War II vet turns 90 on Thursday.

President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday Thursday by jumping from 10,000 feet. The 43rd president, who also jumped on his 80th and 85th birthdays, followed up on a pledge two years ago that that he had “one more left in me,” TODAY reports. It marked his eighth parachute jump. Bush Sr. made the jump with retired members of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights near his family’s home in Kennebunkport, Maine, according to a statement. https://twitter.com/GeorgeHWBush/statuses/477061870478581760 Bush was a fighter pilot in the Pacific during World War II, and was shot down in 1944. He parachuted into the water and was rescued by an American submarine, and he says that experience sparked his interest in skydiving. “I did it wrong,” he said in an interview with granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager, a contributor to TODAY. “I pulled the ripcord too early and hit the tail of the plane with my head, just [a] glancing blow. I’ve decided that later on, well, I want to do it right.” Bush has mostly been bound to a wheelchair this year as a result of a form of Parkinson’s disease.

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