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2015 Great New England Air Show Success

IMG_3637Gold Demonstration Team spent this last weekend at the Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts. We performed four shows before a crowd of over two hundred thousand spectators and fans.

This weekend brought along a few weather obstacles, but nothing the Golden Knights weren’t trained to handle. Working alongside the Canadian forces, the Team opened the show flying in both the U.S. and Canadian National flags with their respective anthems. We were able to host some of the U.S. Navy Blue Angel crew, Westover Air Force Servicemen and women and a variety of media and press, to share with them the experience of jumping out over such an amazing air show venue.

After each performance, the Team was welcomed by hundreds of fans and future Soldiers who helped us pack our parachutes, and learned about what it takes to be a Soldier in today’s Army, and a teammate on the U.S. Army Parachute Team. We look forward to the next time we can be a part of the excitement and hospitality of the Great New England Air Show!

Please join or follow us next weekend at the Salute to Veterans Air Show in Columbia, Missouri. We will be joined once again with the Canadian Snow Birds and many other incredible performers!

Blue Skies!

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GKF4 Wins Gold in Bedford

imageGolden Knight Female 4-Way Team (GKF4) wins Gold in Bedford, England at the 2015 World Challenge Indoor Skydiving Championships in the Female Open Class.

While Bedford Bodyflight celebrated their 10th year of competition, this was only the second time the Golden Knights have made the trip to the England wind tunnel to compete.

The 2015 World Challenge was run slightly different than in years past with all competitors saying it was ran very smoothly and that they were very impressed with the meet. Owner and meet director, Paul Mayer, had taken notes from competitors and tried to accommodate as much as possible. Teams only had to be at the tunnel for minimal amount of time thanks to the scheduling of each different category. With 90 registered 4-way teams, this kept from overcrowding the tunnel and worked very well allowing each team the needed room to prepare for each round.

Day one of the competition started out with AAA 4-way formation skydiving and all teams ran through round 1 without any hiccups and continued through round 5.

The Golden Knights finished the day with 127 points, 16 points ahead of the second place UK team. After looking at the score cards from the judges, team coach, Solly Williams, had questions on round 2. The Knights were deducted 4 points with 2 points being deducted for a center point violation and after the team reviewed the video, they filed a formal protest to the Chief Judge. Round 2 went back in front of a judging panel and was re-scored, this time with only 2 deductions and a final round score of 21. The Knights won their protest and after the scores where corrected, ended the day with 129 points, increasing their lead by 18.

Day two proved to be even better for the Golden Knights. The last 5 rounds where a bit more technical but they were able to execute each round very well and produce high scores for each. The Knights dominated the female class throughout the entire meet and did not lose a single round and while this was their main goal, they looked at the open class leader board and set their sights on beating a few different teams and we’re happy with the results.

GKF4 took the Gold in AAA Female 4-way Formation Skydiving class and placed 5th on the Open Class leader board with a new team high average of 26.3.

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GKF4 Preps for Bedford Meet

image (3)GKF4 arrived in London, England on Tuesday morning after a late night flight and got on the road to Bedford, which is located about an hour east of London.

SFC Scott Janise quickly adapted to driving in British style and got the team safely to their destination.

The team checked in and prepared their training for the next few days before the official start of the 2015 Bodyflight World Challenge. After getting settled in, they were able to get a quick visit in at Stonehenge.

After a good night rest, GKF4 got in the tunnel for some last minute training and are looking forward to the start of the competition.

The official draw comes out Thursday evening and the competition starts early Friday morning . With 90 registered 4-way teams, it’s going to be a busy two days of competition. Stay tuned for scores and updates.

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