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Gold Teams Drops By the Army 10-Miler

Gold Team (including SSG Noah Watts who ran the 10-Miler) poses for a photo after the race.

Gold Team (including SSG Noah Watts who ran the 10-Miler) poses for a photo after the race.

The skies were still dark as the Twin Otter flown by the Golden Knights took off, bound for the starting line of the Army 10-miler, in Washington, DC on Sunday. Team leader, SFC JD Berentis spotted the aircraft for the streamer drop as the sun rose over the Pentagon. Once the streamers landed, the pilots shifted the run in and the Team prepared to exit in one of the most history rich places in the country. (more…)

Black and Gold Canopies at Dolphin’s Stadium in Miami, FL

Black Team forms a stack over the Dolphin's Stadium in Miami (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)

Black Team jumped into the Sun Life Stadium this afternoon to open the half-time show as the Miami Dolphins went against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The fans went crazy…especially the Steelers fans, due to the fact that the canopies were black and gold: Pittsburgh colors! True to form, the Florida weather was predictably unpredictable, and in the hour leading up to the jump we had everything from showers, sun, clouds, blue sky, wind, no wind…and luckily when the second quarter of the game ended the weather just so happened to be cooperating. (more…)

Precision Parachuting at Cypress Lakes Golf Course

A Biplane formation over Cypress Lakes golf course.  Photo by SGT Jennifer Schaben

A Biplane formation over Cypress Lakes golf course. Photo by SGT Jennifer Schaben

The Golden Knights jumped into a local golf tournament at Cypress Lakes Golf course in Hope Mills, NC on Friday.  Members of the Tandem Team and Gold Demonstration Team came together to give the golfers and spectators an amazing display of precision parachuting.

The weather forecast called for high winds throughout the day Friday but Mother nature held off.  Clear blue skies and cool temperatures made for a great day to jump out of an airplane.  The team performed the Golden Knights Stack out maneuver led by SSG Jared Zell. The stack out maneuver consists of all the jumpers exiting the aircraft one by one.  As the team leader approaches 2,000 ft above the ground he will wave his arms to signal all of the jumpers to simultaneously deploy their parachutes and show off their high flying black and gold canopies.   On top of the accuracy stack was a 2 canopy biplane formation piloted by Gold Team leader SFC JD Berentis.  Each of the jumpers landed to cheers and roars from the crowd. SGT Jennifer Schaben was the aerial photographer for the jump and captured some great photos of the biplane coming in for landing.   SFC Berentis piloted the biplane canopy formation for a perfect on target landing and brought the crowd to their feet for a standing ovation.

The team spends quite some time all over the country performing Demonstrations, competing in skydiving competitions and conducting  Tandem Jumps.  Local demonstrations in the area let the team interact with the local community and bring an Army Strong experience right to the heart of the Fort Bragg community.

Cypress lakes 2 stack

Cypress lakes 2 stack biplane formation

Golden Knights visit with fans after the demo.

Golden Knights visit with fans after the demo.

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