Last weekend, the Black Demonstration Team traveled all the way to Anchorage, Alaska for the 2012 Arctic Thunder Airshow. On rare occassions the Golden Knights travel via commercial aircraft. That was the case for this weekend’s demonstration, giving the demonstrators a different perspective about traveling. First, we had to limit the amount of equipment we took with us, due to weight and baggage limitations on commercial airlines. Each jumper was assigned a specific portion of equipment inventory, as their personal resonsibility during transit. This turned out to be a logistical nightmare! The team whole heartidly agrees that we have a irreplacable asset, in haveing our own aircraft and this weekend made us really miss our aviator brothers in the Golden Knights’ Team 6!
After arriving and getting 100% equipment accountability, Black team had the distinct opportunity to visit some unforrtunate kids at the Childrens Hospital at Providence. We brought videos, stickers, pins, brochures and a full set of a jumpers equipment for the kids to look at and try on. Since most of the children we visited that day had to remain in thier beds, Black Team broke into several small teams to go to each child’s room. These kids eyes lit up as they saw Golden Knights enter thier room for individual visits! Each child thanked their jumpers for coming to see them. This is one of the many benefits of being on the Army Parachute Team!
Arctic Thunder 2012 is an airshow that Joint Base Elmendorff-Richardson puts on for the public every two years and boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery Black Team has seen all year! Snow-capped mountains, beautiful deep blue rivers and green valleys made performing three parachute demonstrations easily worth the long trip to Alaska! The weather couldn’t have been better! We showed up immediately after two weeks of rain and clouds for perfect blue skies. Additionally, immediately following the last show day, Monday was pouring rain, once again. Black Team completed all three parachute demonstrations, including one mass formation and two full shows. Many of the spectators came to the Army recruiting booth to help repack our parachutes and to thank the Golden Knights for such a wonderful show. We, in turn, thanked each of them for their continued support of the Golden Knights and the support they’ve bestowed to all of our deployed men and women currently serving in harm’s way.