Black Team had the unique opportunity to visit the home of America’s Strategic Stealth Bomber, the B-2. The Wings Over Whiteman Air Show invited the Golden Knights to attend, once again. Black Team was pleased to, as the headlining act. Performing the night performance on Friday seemed appropriate near an Air Force base, where it’s common to see “unusual aircraft” by the American Public.
Friday night, Black Team exited from 12,500 feet with nine jumpers wearing our brightly lit pyrotechnic sticks, to enable spectators to see the jumpers from several miles away. After landing safely, we had presentations for both of the General Officers, commanding the 509th Bomber Wing and the 442nd Fighter Wing.
Although Saturday’s winds were spiking up as high as 29 knots at the tower, Sunday’s weather yielded perfect conditions for parachute demonstrations. Both morning and afternoon performances were performed from our full jump altitude of about 2 ½ miles above the ground. Performing Mass jumps, Diamond Tracks, and intentional cut-away maneuvers, Black Team was a major highlight of Sunday’s air show.
Black Team had another opportunity this weekend. Members of the Irish military are looking into starting a parachute team for demonstrations of their own. Black Team was proud to have, in our attendance, two of the Irish jumpers. We wanted to allow the Irish to participate and view our behind the scenes procedures and preparations. By including them, during every step of the performance, the Golden Knights were able to help the Irish bypass some of the common growing pains and trial and error pitfalls of standing up a parachute team.
Brigadier General Scott A. Vander Hamm, the commander of 509th Bomb Wing, Air Force’s only B-2 wing, was very thankful for our attendance and flexibility. He personally took the Team on a tour of the B-2, following the show. Even taking them into and allowing us to sit in the cockpit, BG Vander Hamm and some of his B-2 pilots shared some of the interesting details of the B-2 and its incredible capabilities.
The Wings over Whiteman Air Show was an effective and entertaining show for the American Public. By teaming together, members of the different military forces were able to demonstrate our capabilities in an impressive manner. Watching the B-2 take off and fly overhead is always an incredible highlight. Black Team was proud to take part in this weekend’s activities and thank the American Public for their tireless support of our armed forces. We look forward to future attendance at the Whiteman Air Force Base and its future air shows.