George Bush skydives to mark 90th birthday
Former president George HW Bush has celebrated his 90th birthday by jumping out of a helicopter from 6,000 feet.
Mr Bush, who no longer has full use of his legs, made the tandem parachute jump near his summer home in coastal Maine.
In doing so, the ex-president followed through on a vow he made five years ago.
A retired member of the US Army's parachute team, the Golden Knights, helped guide the former commander-in-chief to the ground.
Sergeant First Class Mike Elliott also jumped with Mr Bush for the ex-president's 85th birthday.
He said: "That's what he wanted for his 90th birthday and that's what he got.
"It's a very good feeling to be involved and be able to turn back time. He's probably feeling younger now than ever."
Family members, including former president George W Bush, were on hand to sing "Happy Birthday" before the elder Bush was lifted from his wheelchair to the waiting helicopter.
After a bit of a rough landing, caused by Mr Bush's foot getting tangled under Mr Elliot, the nation's 41st president received a kiss from his wife, Barbara, and a hug from his son.
Bush family friend Diana Untermeyer said: "He had a big smile for the crowd. You could tell he was exhilarated.
"He's an amazing man. This is just another sign of that. I think that like most of America, our family loves him to pieces. It was just a real thrill to do this again."
A family spokesman said Mr Bush was "fine" despite the bumpy landing.
The former president is no stranger to jumping out of aircraft. His first jump occurred during the Second World War when his plane was shot down over the Pacific.
Mr Bush has made eight planned skydives since, including jumps to mark his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays.
His 90th birthday celebration will be capped off with a private dinner at his home in Kennebunkport, where he will be surrounded by more than 200 friends and relatives.