Gold Team Headlines in Bellevue


This is the second time the Gold Demonstration Team has visited Bellevue for a show and both times the team has encountered adverse weather.  Upon arriving the team was briefed on what their schedule was for the Defenders of Freedom Open House Air Show held on Offutt Air Force Base and along with the schedule came a warning of possible changes to the planned schedule due to the weather forecast.   As always the Gold Team stands ready to adjust to any situation that might arise and did so effortlessly.  On Friday the team was set to perform a jump for the media day before the air show but had to adjust their mass formation because of some lingering clouds half way up to altitude.  Even though it is difficult for the people on the ground to see the formation in free fall it is still important for the jump to go as planned so the Gold Team Leader J.D. Berentis made a last minute adjustment to the planned formation and the team pulled it off successfully. 

After the jump the team members had a chance to visit with some of the children from the Make A Wish Foundation and Soldiers from the Wounded Warrior Project.  Both organizations had a great turnout and everyone present had a front row seat to watch the Golden Knights land.  As the team members entered the chalet, children lined up to meet the jumpers they just saw land and it is always a treat for the team to be greeted so many enthusiastic kids.  The team also wondered around to all the tables in the area to make sure the children that could not get in line were not missing out on meeting the team.  The soldiers from the Wounded Warrior Project also gave a heartfelt welcome to the team and some were quoted in saying that “The jump was the coolest thing they had seen in years” and “You all are crazy for jumping that hi”.

Saturday the team along with the other acts were put on standby because of the low ceiling and the predicted bad weather that was supposed to roll in later on.  Before any on the performers took off the decision was made to cancel the show for that day and put it off till Sunday.  On Sunday Gold Team again was faced with a cloudy sky and few holes to jump through.  The whole airshow was pushed back on their timelines forcing everyone to modify their performances but the show must go on since the crowd was already over 100,000 people.  The team took off with hopes of finding a gap in the clouds large enough to put out some jumpers but no such luck so the team landed with the plane and made their way over to the recruiting booth right next to show center.  Even though the team did not make the first jump the people were happy to see the jumpers and wanted to get their autographs.  The second jump was modified as well due to the low clouds and shortened timeline so as a trusty standby to any planned jump world famous Golden Knight Stack Out became the highlight of the day and successfully closed out the air show.  To the delight of the crowd the team returned to the Recruiting Booth to sign more autographs and take photos with the audience. 

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