June 12, 2014 9:38 AM EDT 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. George H.W. Bush Turns 90 Republican presidential candidate George H.W. Bush waving above a crowd amid shower of parade confetti, with wife Barbara by his side at a send-off gala for the US Olympic team. Cynthia Johnson—Time Life Pictures/Getty Image George H.W. Bush at 13 years old on July 13, 1937. Corbis A portrait of an adolescent George H.W. Bush and a teammate in their baseball uniforms. Bush was the captain of the baseball team at Phillips Academy, where he attended from 1937 to 1942. Corbis Navy Lieutenant George H.W. Bush and Barbara Pierce get married in the First Prsbyterian Church in Rye, New York on January 6, 1945. Corbis U.S. Navy pilot George H.W. Bush sits in the cockpit of his torpedo bomber "Barbara III", named after his girlfriend and future wife Barara Pierce. Bush was in the navy from 1943-1945. Corbis George H.W. Bush carries his infant son George W. Bush on his shoulders at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Corbis George H.W. Bush raises his arms in victory after winning an election against oilman Jack Cox for Texas Senate on June 7, 1964 in Houston, Texas.
Bettmann—Corbis George H.W. Bush, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, attends a Cabinet meeting in Washington in 1976. David Hume Kennerly—Getty Images Republican Presidential candidate George H.W. Bush campaigning for the presidential primary elections in 1980. Dirck Halstead—Getty Images Reagan would prove to be the more popular conservative candidate in the race for the Presidency and would eventually gain the Republican nomination, but in a surprising turn of events, Reagan would pick Bush to be his vice presidential nominee. Here, the two candidates join Senate Majority leader Howard Baker for a rally on Capitol Hill in September 1980. Ron Edmonds—Bettmann/Corbis Vice President George H.W. Bush prepares to throw a horseshoe while on the campaign trail on September 3, 1988. Bush and his running mate Dan Quayle defeated Michael Dukakis in the Presidential election.
Cynthia Johnson—Getty Images Vice president George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara relax in bed as their daughter and grandchildren join them at home in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1987. CNP/Getty Images President elect George H.W. Bush casting a fishing rod with surf splashing around him on January 1, 1988. Allen Eyestone—Time &; Life Pictures/Getty Images George H.W. Bush dressed in hunting gear with friend & oil heir William Farish on a quail hunt at Lazy F Ranch on January 1, 1989. David Valdez—Time Life Pictures/Getty Images GOP Chairman Lee Atwater and President George H.W. Bush playing guitar during the inaugural weekend bash on 1989. Joe Mcneely—SIPA USA President H.W. Bush on the White House lawn with three of 1st dog Millie's puppies nestling under his arm on May 4, 1989. Susan Biddle—Time Life Pictures/Getty Images President George H.W. Bush on the phone with State Secretary Jim Baker during the gulf crisis, with White House Chief of Staff John Sununu & National Security Council Adviser Brent Scowcroft, at the White House in Washington on January 16, 1991. David Valdez—Time Life Pictures/Getty Images President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush poised above a crowd of First Marine Division Desert Command Post marines on thanksgiving during the Gulf Crisis on November 22, 1990. Diana Walker—Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Presidents George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev shake hands at the end of a press conference about the peace summit in Moscow on July 31, 1991. Peter Turnley—Corbis President George H.W. Bush addressing a crowd at a campaign rally on September 29, 1992. Diana Walker—Time Life Pictures/Getty Image George H.W. Bush celebrates his 80th birthday with a tandem parachute jump over Texas A&M University with the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team. on June 13, 2004 in College Station, Texas.
Golden Knights—Corbis President George H.W. Bush taking a last look around the Oval Office with his dog Ranger, before vacating the White House to incoming president Bill Clinton in Washington on January 2, 1993. David Valdez—Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush awaits the election results with his parents, George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush on November 7, 2000 in Austin, Texas, Brooks Kraft—Sygma/Corbis Former U.S. President George W. Bush turns around and checks on his father and former President George H.W. Bush as all five living presidents, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, come out on stage during the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Alex Wong—Getty Images George H. W. Bush attends a dedication at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Oct. 1, 1993. Greg Smith—Corbis More Must-Reads From TIME Inside the White House Program to Share America's Secrets Meet the 2024 Women of the Year East Palestine, One Year After Train Derailment The Closers: 18 People Working to End the Racial Wealth Gap Long COVID Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It Does Column: The New Antisemitism The 13 Best New Books to Read in March Want Weekly Recs on What to Watch, Read, and More? Sign Up for Worth Your Time