The United States Army Parachute Team was honored to be apart of the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Army TEN-MILER Race held at the Pentagon. The Golden Knights were able to take seven jumpers into the race from an altitude of 4’950 feet! Team 6 Pilots CW4 Jason Davis and DAC Mr. Frank Reiner had the daunting task of delivering the team to exit altitude via our Twin Otter aircraft. The morning started at 5:00a.m. for the team and weather was 44 degrees and clear skies; perfect flying weather for the jumpers. Team 6 flew Sunday under conditions not normal for most jump pilots, the team was jumping into airspace shared by Reagan International Airport. The airspace was tight and the flying was spot on perfect for the jumpers.
The team performed a mass formation narrated by SSG Kevin Presgraves. SSG Presgraves exited the aircraft at 7:10a.m. into the early morning light over the Pentagon and descended upon the 30’000 race fans. Shortly there after the remaining of the team would exit and land on the streets below. After jumping into the cold weather and landing jumpers SSG Tom Melton and SSG Tom Pryjda completed the race in just under 80 minutes!
Gold Team looks forward to this single jump each year and can’t wait for the 2013 Army Ten-Miler to begin!