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Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell takes the plunge


First Lady Maureen McDonnell and daughter Cailin participated in a tandem parachute jump with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Team on Friday in Dinwiddie. (By Michaele White)

Update, 6:50 p.m.: Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell, along with her daughter Cailin, participated in a tandem parachute jump with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Team this morning in Dinwiddie.

The first lady and her daughter jumped as part of her ongoing work to raise awareness of the need to support Virginia’s military families.   For more information on the First Lady’s “Serving our Service Member Families” initiative, please visit www.sos.virginia.gov.


Cailin McDonnell comes in for a safe landing during her jump with the Golden Knights on Friday (By Michael White)

Original post: Virginia’s first lady, Maureen McDonnell, is jumping out of a plane this morning.

Yes, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s wife and daughter, Cailin, are participating in a tandem parachute jump with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team.

The Golden Knights have jumped with several celebrities and politicians, including former President George H.W. Bush in 2007 and 2009.

The McDonnells are jumping as part of the first lady’s ongoing effort to raise awareness of the need to support Virginia’s military families.

McDonnell has never jumped before, but she’s willing to get out there and try new things. The former Redskins cheerleader (they called them Redskinettes back then) joined other former cheerleaders on the field during the 2009 governor’s campaign to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their alumni association. (Check out the old photo here.)

Friday’s jump will take place at the Dinwiddie Airport in Petersburg.

The Golden Knights are in town for Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Richmond International Raceway.

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