Twin Falls is a small town in the southern region of Idaho that is home to breathtaking water falls, Base Jumping and the return of the Magic Valley Air Show. It has been several years since the city has had an Air show so to start it off right Twin Falls brought back the Golden Knights. Close to 50,000 people were said to be in attendance with many coming from almost 100 miles away to see the many great acts of the show to include the Blue Angles, MXS-R aerobatic aircraft, the WWII B-25 bomber, “Maid in the Shade” and of course the Golden Knights Gold Demonstration Team. This air show was the first in a while that the team had great weather over the whole weekend which allowed them to finally relax and not have to change the show due to low clouds or high winds.
The Gold Team started off the show Friday night with a twilight performance featuring a combination of Pyro and Smoke which could be seen over the flat lands for miles around. The first jumper out was SSG Brian Karst who was the Narrator and was wearing both smoke and pyro and then the rest of the team jumped and lit up the sky showing the great people of Twin Falls what precision skydiving looks like. The next two days the team performed four shows doing everything from the full show maneuvers to exciting Canopy Relative Work. The turnaround between jumps was very short so the team was not able to walk through the crowd right away but the patient audience waited until the end of the second jump to gather by the Army Recruiting booth and receive signatures and get pictures with the team.
It was not all work while at Twin Falls some of the Gold Team got a chance to take part in the newly opened zip line along the Snake River Valley. The Recruiters arranged an afternoon event for some Future Soldiers while SSG Brian Karst, SSG Shelby Bixler, and SGT Trey Martin conducted a Radio interview just outside their office. Just following the Interview SSG Dodge the Station Commander told the team that “Zip The Snake” Zip Line would like to give them a complementary ride. Overall Twin Falls was one of the most welcoming and hospitable communities the team has had the pleasure of visiting and was told that they would be sought out to come back again next year.