'We've Lost a Superman': Former Golden Knight Remembers Skydiving With George H.W. Bush
Bush, who served as the 41st president of the United States, passed away at the age of 94 Friday night.
A Navy pilot during World War II, Bush would celebrate age milestones by skydiving.
Elliot was a member of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, nicknamed the Golden Knights, and was strapped to the president during the jump on his 85th birthday and for the rededication of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas.
It is with a heavy heart The United States Army Parachute Team announces the passing of former President George Bush. He will forever be remembered in our hearts as a man of great integrity and an energetic spirit. Thank you sir for sharing a small part of your life with us. pic.twitter.com/b5OF8UNEcQ
— Army Golden Knights (@ArmyGK) December 1, 2018
He said Saturday that, following Bush's death, the country has "lost a Superman."
"I was so honored to have the opportunity to put a smile on a great American hero's face," he said.
Elliot said that during the jump celebrating Bush's library rededication, the president was particularly concerned about landing.
"Forty-one is definitely a perfectionist. He wanted to make sure that whatever he was doing, he did it 100 percent," Elliot said.
He added that Bush was someone who loved everyone and that the president considered him a friend.
"It's just an honor to have met 41 and the family, and I truly feel like I'm a small part of his life."
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