HW's love for skydiving leaves lasting impression on U.S. Army Golden Knights

Lauren Warner
December 04, 2018 - 2:09 pm

Photo courtesy of the International Skydiving Hall of Fame


George HW Bush celebrated his 75th, 80th, 85th and 90th birthdays by skydiving. 

#41 made his first jump in World War II when his plane was shot down by the Japanese over the Pacific on September 2, 1944. The jump on his 90th birthday was his eighth. When HW turned 88, he told his granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager that he 'had one more [jump> left in [him>' and kept that promise on June 2, 2014. 

Nothing leaves an impression like a retired Navy pilot in a wheelchair choosing to celebrate his retired years and birthdays jumping out of airplanes and helicopters. Each of these tandem jumps was completed with HW attached to a U.S. Army Golden Knight. He truly knew how to celebrate, even choosing to jump into the opening ceremony of his presidential library in College Station, Texas, in 2004. 

HW's final jump in 2014 kicked off with his family wheeling him from the tarmac to the helicopter in order to take off. Bush Sr.'s devotion to redifining retirement is an inspiration to those both within the military community and the general public. 

This Honorary Chairman of the Board to the International Skydiving Hall of Fame certainly held a number of titles, but this community held him dear from the moment he chose to make an accelerated freefall jump at age 72. 

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