First Bush 41 jumps out of a perfectly good airplane*, with the Golden Knights no less, at the ripe old age of 71. Now, while still in office, Bush 43 will co-pilot a figher jet making a carrier landing. Although, compared to the exploits of the president who occupied the office during the interim, this is tame stuff indeed. . . .

*While in flight.

Update (13:28) MommaBear points out that the S-3B isn’t a fighter plane. I knew that. 🙂 Teach me not to read the story I’m linking but to just rely on FoxNews accounts.

Update (15:35) He’s landed safely.

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  1. MommaBear says:

    …..the president, whose four-person Navy S-3B Viking anti-submarine aircraft will hook …..

    An S-3B is NOT a jet fighter! It’s a 4-engine turbo-prop aircraft.

  2. James Joyner says:

    You’re right–I didn’t actually read the story, I just linked based on what I’d heard on Fox News. 🙂

    It is at least a jet; no props!