Gold Team perfroms first Demo of Season at Luke Days


SSG Tom Melton presents a baton to Wounded Warrior Matthew Slaydon

SSG Tom Melton presents a baton to Wounded Warrior Matthew Slaydon

Gold Demonstration Team kicks off its Air Show season with Luke Air force Base in Glendale Arizona. The Gold Demonstration Team performed their first night aerial demonstration of the 2011 show season for the Luke Days 56th Fighter Wing with 2000 spectators in attendance. The night show consisted of a jumping narrator followed by a beautiful round formation all with burning night pyrotechnics which illuminated the vast desert skyline of Luke Airforce Base. Upon landing,  Gold Team was greeted by an overwhelming response from the spectators.  All in attendance enjoyed the amazing display of teamwork and precision that is carried out by the Men and Women of the United States Army Parachute Team.

Saturday morning the Team began the day with another mass formation painting the blue skies with shades of red smoke that each of the jumpers wore while in freefall. The New Guys on the Team were given an opportunity to interact with eight media personnel that accompanied the Team onboard our C-31 Aircraft. This morning’s landing were performed with a show-line spread. All jumpers stagger their landings along the show line so that each of the spectators can get an up close and personal view of the jumpers. After landing, the Team spoke with the crowd and signed autographs.

Gold Team was honored in meeting with CW3 Gerald (Jerry) Bourquin Retired, whom is one of the original Golden Knights. Jerry was on the Team from 1960-1965 where he was the Competition Team Leader. Also at the air show was Charles “Phil” Peyton who served on Black Team from 1989 – 1993. It was an honor to have both Team members at the air show. Both alumni were impressed with the time honored traditions that Gold Team is upholding. They were especially surprised to find out that Gold Team consist of more than 50 percent new demonstrators.

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