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Ex-president Bush senior skydives on 90th birthday

Published on Jun 13, 2014 1:26 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former US president George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday by carrying out his eighth parachute jump.

"It's a wonderful day in Maine - in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump," tweeted the elder Bush, who has seemed frail in recent public appearances, and is often seen in a wheelchair.

The 41st commander-in-chief parachuted out of a helicopter near his family home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Television footage showed the aircraft hovering over the target of the skydive, the jump and then the former president on the ground a short time later, with a swarm of people assisting him.

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