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Tryouts Week 3: Jumps and more Jumps

Smiles crept up the faces of the try-outs this last Thursday as the Golden Knights Twin-Otter aircraft made its climb up to 12,500 feet. The sky was clear and sunny and for the remaining try-outs, this was their first of many exciting baton-passes. It’s the third week of this years Golden Knight Assessment and Selection program and with the improving weather the try-outs are once again back in the skies over Laurinburg, NC. In order to make up for the lost time the cadre are working hard to get the try-outs as many jumps a day as they can. To maximize the training they keep a close watch on the jumpers from the moment he leaves the plane until the landing. At the end of the day a thorough debriefing is given using video recordings of all the jumps. The cadre go in-depth on everything that went right and wrong and the try-out must explain what was happening at that moment. Throughout the day there is no time to rest. Sometimes in as little as 15 minutes from landing the try-out is expected to have his parachute packed and be ready to get on the plane again. Next week the try-outs will put themselves to the test again with the demanding diamond track maneuver. As always we strive for perfection in the skies and soft landings on target.

Teammates Final jump

 After a full day of training on Monday, members of the Golden Knights 8 Way Team were honored to spend one final afternoon with a former teammate.  William Harrell, known affectionately to his teammates as Buzz, was a member of the US Army Parachute Team beginning in the 1970′s.  (more…)

Video: History of the Golden Knights

 The United States Army Heritage and Education Center is the preeminent museum and research complex. Their primary mission is to educate and preserve the legacy of every man and woman who has served their nation in peace and war. Located in Carlisle, PA adjacent to the historic Carlisle Barracks. The museum has numerous exhibits and events that are open to the public Tuesday-Sunday. For more information visit USAHEC website. 

Below is a historical video about the Golden Knights.

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