Nothing Can Stop Black Team…Not Even a Tornado!


As most of you probably saw on the news last week, there were several tornadoes that swept through the state of North Carolina on Saturday. Black Team happened to be doing a show close to home in Goldsboro, NC at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, about a two hour drive from the Team’s home base of Fort Bragg.

Black team flies a symmetrical formation over Goldsboro, NC (photo by SGT Dan Cook)

Friday was beautiful with clear blue skies and a light breeze…nothing about the weather gave a clue to what was coming the next day! The Team did a practice media jump in front of a gathering of Make-A-Wish kids, and were a big hit.

SSG Howie Sanborn signs a Golden Knights brochure for one of the Make-A-Wish kids (photo by SGT Dan Cook)

Saturday was windy from the start, and the early jump time (10am) was the saving grace for getting the jump off. The winds were teetering on the upper limit of 20mph, and just a few minutes after the Team landed, the winds picked up to over 30mph. Needless to say, the wind only got stronger as the edge of the storm system passed by Goldsboro later that afternoon.

One of the Team members gives an autographed brochure to a young fan (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)

Saturday was like Friday, and people could hardly remember the stormy weather of yesterday. Blue, clear, and breezy with an enthusiastic crowd. The Team completed all three scheduled jumps…despite multiple tornadoes!

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