At 85, ex-president plans parachute jump in Maine

Posted June 09, 2009, at 1:38 p.m.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush plans to celebrate his 85th birthday Friday by making a parachute jump in Maine, where he has his summer home.

Aide Jim Appleby said Tuesday that Bush will make a tandem jump with a member of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team onto a landing zone near St. Ann’s by the Sea Church in Kennebunkport.

Bush’s most recent jump was in November 2007 at the reopening of his library at Texas A&M University in College Station.

He made his first jump as a Navy pilot when his plane was shot down over the Pacific during World War II. He also made two jumps apiece on his 75th and 80th birthdays.