Gold Team Visits Norfolk Nebraska for the 2012 Airfest


The Gold Demonstration traveled to Omaha Nebraska on Wednesday for the opening ceremonies of the NCAA College Work Series.  The team landed and went to survey the Ameritrade Park where the jump was to happen and received a positive weather forecast for the following day.  Unfortunately out of nowhere a few hours before the jump, a severe thunderstorm with winds up to 65 miles per hour rolled in and forced the ceremonies and the jump to be canceled.  After the storm passed the next morning the team headed out to Norfolk Nebraska for the local Airfest.

This is the first time the Gold Team has had multiple shows within one trip so the team still had an opportunity to perform for the public.  The Norfolk Airfest is not the biggest performance for the team but it was certainly one of the most inviting.  Upon arrival and after the in brief the team prepared for a jump that same day.  It was a demonstration for the sponsors of the Airfest followed by a social right afterwards.  The jump went just as planned and gave the locals in the small town of Norfolk a preview of what was to come over the next two days.  On Saturday, the first day of the Airfest, the Gold Team was scheduled for two jumps to open and close the Airfest.  The Golden Knights were one of the most advertised attractions so it was important to not let them down.  The winds were up but still within limits so the show went on without delay giving the crowd a bigger thrill than most of them had ever had before.

Sunday on the other hand was a different story as the winds rose above the jump limits before the show even began.  As early as 9 AM winds were as high as 25 miles per hour immediately putting the jump in question.  The Airfest Boss pushed back the jump a couple of hours to see if the winds would calm down and allow the other acts to fill the time gap.  The winds did manage to drop below the limits so the team took off but while circling the Airfest the winds rose up again this time between 25 to 35 miles per hour.  Even though the jump was cancelled the team wanted to show the people who the Golden Knights were so the pilots brought the plane in for some low altitude flybys.  After a few passes the team landed and stood by to close out the Airfest with a baton presentation to a local veteran and walk around to meet with the public.

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