Golden Knights arrive at Langley Air Force Base


 

SGT Tom Pryjda lands as SFC Brian Sealing catches the Pow/MIA FlagThe U.S. Army Parachute Team, “Golden Knights” arrived at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton Virginia early Friday afternoon to be greeted by unfavorable conditions.  However the Hampton Roads area opened up just enough to pull off our Golden Knight Stack out where all jumpers exit our C-31 Troopship aircraft and quickly deploy our parachutes.  Three lucky combat camera Airmen were onboard for the demonstration to capture a glimpse of what it’s like to be “Army Strong.”

Once again on Saturday’s events were met with adverse weather.  The Team performed their stack out maneuver but with a twist. SGT Chris Clark proudly displayed the Team’s new canopy design along side with a smoke chain that captured the eyes of forty thousand spectators. Afterwards the Team made their way through the crowd to the Army’s Rock Climbing wall where each Team member conducted a parachute packing display. While there,  the Team met CW4 Phillip Brashear the son of Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Brashear whom was the Navy’s first African American Diver, and most recently involved with a movie portraying his life story in “Men of Honor.”

The Golden Knights completed the Hampton Air show with beautiful weather and sunshine to perform their modified full show.  Afterwards the Team shook hands with the crowd and proceeded to end the weekend on a clear skies night.

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