June 13th, 2014
11:56 AM ET

Sky-Diving with Bush 41 at 90: 'He Reminded Me of a 10-Year-Old on Christmas Day'

Watch Sunday: CNN will air "41ON41," a film about President George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, based on interviews with 41 people who know him best, at 9 and 11 p.m. ET Sunday, June 15.


What's it like to sky-dive with former President George H.W. Bush?

"It's quite amazing," described retired sergeant first class Mike Elliott, a man who's jumped with Bush 41 twice now.

"Just this feeling of honor to have such an American hero strapped to you ... It's a feeling of American pride."

Elliott has over 9,000 parachute jumps under his belt and he accompanied Bush 41 Thursday as the 90-year-old celebrated his birthday with a 6,000 foot sky-dive in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Bush welcomed his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays in the same way.

Elliott, a North Carolina native with 25 years of military service to his credit, is an expert in the sky-diving community as the demonstration team leader for the elite U.S. Army Parachute Team.

He's also the founder and president of the All Veteran Group, an organization that specializes in parachute demonstrations and tandem skydives.

When the "New Day" anchors wondered if Bush senior made it out unscathed (in Chris Cuomo's words, Elliott "pancaked" the former president) Elliott quickly assuaged any concern.

He acknowledged the risks of a 90-year-old sky-diving, but said Bush was elated upon landing.

"He reminded me of a 10-year-old on Christmas Day," Elliott said.


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