Just when the Tandem Team started enjoying the cool temperatures of an early fall, Tandem Team packed up shop and headed to the blazing heat of San Antonio, TX. As the team loaded up for their flight, temps at Pope AAF were cool in the upper 60’s to low 70’s. As soon as the main cabin door of the C-26 Metroliner opened in Texas, a burst of 102 degree heat rushed in. The Golden Knights soon found out the relentless heat of summer wasn’t over in Texas. (more…)
The 2011 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air show was a huge hit with perfect weather and over 1 million fans. The Golden Knights couldn’t have asked for better conditions and to conduct four shows for the spectators over San Diego California.
This year was especially unique for Gold Team because we were able to make out signature night show alongside the U.S. Navy Parachute Team “The Leap Frogs.” All of which would not have been possible with the incredible jump platform from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Marine C-130T Hercules nicknamed Fat-Albert. Jumping from Fat-Albert at night will forever be an incredible moment for the Golden Knights. It was truly a rare joint demonstration jump where so many branches of military came together in order to make such a wonderful air show become magical.
Sunday morning the Golden Knights were back to our own aircraft reaching an amazing altitude of 13’500 feet over the blue-skies of San Diego, California. Joining us on board were members of the Marine Corps VM-12 Flight Line Activity crew. These lucky Marines were given a true birds eye view of MCAS MIRAMAR, where they have worked day in and day out to accomplish their mission in providing a world-class air show for the surrounding population of San Diego, California.
The Friday demonstration at any air show is typically the eye-catching experience for media and early attendees. However this year for the first time our C-31 Fokker aircraft suffered minor damage to the right landing gear, shutting down the Golden Knights for our first show. Although faced with logistical issues, Team 6 back at Fort Bragg has kicked into high gear and has already shipped out new parts to fix our aircraft. We will be up and running to perform our signature night mass demonstrations.
With our jump platform down, today’s mission was to energize the crowd and to meet as many spectators as possible. We spent the afternoon in front of the Army recruiting tent discussing the inner workings of the exciting life of an Army soldier.
Gold Team looks forward to the future jumps to be demonstrated over the weekend and can’t wait to get back into the sky for MCAS MIRAMAR.