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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bush Jumps for Joy

YUMA, Arizona () -- George Bush fulfilled a wartime promise to himself, jumping from a plane over the Arizona desert under a rainbow-colored parachute.


It was his second parachute jump, but his first planned one. Bush was forced to bail out of his Navy bomber in the Pacific during World War II, and promised himself that one day he would make a jump for fun.


He had a little help, with two jump masters holding onto his harness until he opened his chute safely, and half a dozen people -- including wife Barbara -- running to cushion his landing.


"It was wonderful. I'm a new man -- and I go home exhilarated,'' the 72-year-old former chief executive said.