Tony Stewart makes 2nd Pit Stop with the Golden Knights!

Tony Stewart his father Nelson and sister Natalie

Several months ago the Golden Knights were honored to have NASCAR Driver/Owner Tony Stewart and his father Nelson visit us in Cincinnati. They did a little more than just visit.  They wanted to know what it was like to go 120 mph with out the use of engines.  The best way to do that is Tandem jump with the Tandem Team.  It was a great day to have Tony and his father jump with the Team, one we were sure we wouldn’t top.  That is until Tuesday.

Tony and SSG Joe Abeln set up in the door (photo by SFC Eric Heinsheimer)

Tony and his father Neslon paid another visit to the GoldenKnights.  This time they came to our home drop zone at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport, and brought Tony’s sister Natalie and several members of the Army 39 car’s crew team.  The weather was amazing, clear blue skies, light winds and warm temperatures.  The day started with SFC Elliott giving the tandem brief.  While the class was going on Nelson, who already received the class, geared up and took to the blue skies.  15 minutes and 13,500 feet later  Nelson was once again standing at the edge of the door.

Tony Stewart and SSG Abeln in free fall. (photo by SFC Eric Heinsheimer)

Ready, set, go!  Another great Airborne experience and perfect jump with the Golden Knights.  Next up was Tony and sister Natalie, who was making her first jump. As Tony was hanging half way out of the twin otter 2 1/2 miles above the earth something was slightly different.  Tony had already been here before and knew exactly what to expect.  He gave a smile to SFC Eric Heinsheimer who was the photographer for the jump, he was ready.  Just a split second later SSG Joe Abeln and Tony Stewart were heading toward the earth at 120 mph.  Like a pro Tony gave a perfect arch for the exit and had a great time during his second skydive. After he landed Tony watched the rest of his teammate’s come in for landing.  Loud screams of excitement could be heard from the skies above as the team members descended under the black and gold parachutes.  A great Army Strong experience was had by all, and another great day with Tony and his Family.

Nelson Stewart and SSG Abeln enjoying the nice weather at 120 mph (photo by SFC Eric Heinsheimer)

Natalie Repenning and SFC Elliot share the skies (photo by SSG Jared Zell)

Tony Stewart safely back down (photo by SFC Heinsheimer)

SSG Abeln congratulates Tony Stewart on his jump with the Golden Knights


  • Judith Gardner

    I always watched my husband make his jumps whenever I could get to the jump site. I even went up in the plane with the door off and plane on its side so I could look down on his jump. I think I would like to make a tandom jump. Where could I do this? How much does it cost? Alan was a member of the Golden Knights in the mid 1980′s. Judy

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