August 26th through the 28th brought the Black Demonstration Team to Offutt AFB, NE. Sitting just outside of Omaha, this large base regularly hosts a wide variety of performances during their air shows. During the media show, Black Team was able to demonstrate how jumping is just a way for us to get to work.The media performance occurred prior to the weekend’s air show. Friday, August 26th, Black Team opened the show by flying the American flag to our National Anthem. This jumper narrated the rest of the performance, including a mass formation, canopy relative work and canopy piloting. While the audience enjoyed the free fall and canopy performances,the Team was thrilled to show the audience what we were truly about.
In the audience, during the Friday performance, several wounded warriors and Make-a-Wish children were present. The Team always looks for the opportunity to share the image and story of the American Soldier. When we have the opportunity to enrich lives or build up spirits in the process, we will always walk away with a true sense of satisfaction.
Seth Guffey, a heart and lung patient with the Make-a-Wish foundation, was all smiles as he helped SPC Navarro through the entire process of packing a parachute. He was able to help lay the parachute out on the ground and continue until putting the final pin into the rig.
The weekend allowed four of the five scheduled performances. Lightning and weather forced entire crowd to seek shelter and the team to stay down for Sunday morning’s performance. As Golden Knights we’re always in a battle with mother nature. After a short delay, the crowds returned and we were proud to put on a successful performance, to close out the weekend.