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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine -- Former President George H.W. Bush can no longer use his legs, but he isn't letting that prevent him from keeping a vow made five years ago: to jump from an aircraft on his 90th birthday, which is Thursday.

>> Click here for a slideshow of Bush's previous jumps

The nation's 41st president announced via twitter that he intends to jump from a helicopter with a retired member of the Golden Knights, the Army's parachute team, near his summer home on the Maine coast.

It's a wonderful day in Maine - in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump, he tweeted.

The announcement was kept secret until the last minute, partly to give Bush himself the option of bagging it. The forecast Thursday called for clouds and scattered showers across southern Maine.

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