Happy birthday and happy landings to the 41st president of the U.S., George H. W. Bush. He celebrated his 85th birthday today by parachuting out of an airplane in Kennebunkport, Maine.
It's hardly his first jump; his first one was in WWII, under less favorable circumstances. In fact, this was his 7th jump. George H.W. Bush made a tandem jump with a member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team. Tandem jumps are a type of skydiving where a student skydiver is connected via a harness to a tandem instructor. The instructor guides the student through the whole jump.
Bush's previous jumps include his first as a Navy pilot when his plane was shot down over the Pacific during World War II. He also made jumps to mark his 75th and 80th birthdays and on two other occasions. His most recent jump was in November 2007 at the reopening of his library at Texas A & M University.