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Gold Team Wins the Battle with the Weather

Gold Team flies a 6 way hybrid formation at the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Airshow. Photo by SSG Aaron Figel

Gold Team flies a 6 way hybrid formation at the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Airshow. Photo by SSG Aaron Figel

On Sunday in Martinsburg, WV’s the weather was much improved over Saturday, and the team was able to get both performances off the ground. For the first show the Gold Demonstration Team was able to put together a hybrid formation, which included both flyers falling belly to earth, and feet first. The tandem team was also able to take their passenger, Jamie Burke from WHAG news station,  from Saturday’s show, and she was not disappointed with her freefall experience. (more…)

Gold Team Off to the Races

Gold Team started the weekend off in Martinsburg, WV by jumping into the Charles Town Horsetrack and then attending the social being held there. With a combination of members from the Gold Demonstration Team, Tandem Team, and the Style and Accuracy Team, an 8 way formation was built with 11,000 feet of altitude (due to clouds). The team then made their way upstairs where they were greeted with applause. Team members intermingled with others attending the event, answering questions and taking pictures. Afterwards several members made their way down to the track to watch some of the horse races. There, they met some of the jockeys, and were invited to take pictures with one of the winning horses. Gold Team will continue the weekend by jumping into the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show.

Photos by SSG Steve Robertson

8way Team arrives at Skydive Chicago in Search of Gold

8Way Team gathers after a practice jump at Skydive Chicago

8Way Team gathers after a practice jump at Skydive Chicago

The Golden Knights 8way competition team arrived yesterday at Skydive Chicago- site of the 2010 US National Skydiving Competition. The cool midwest air and abundance of green grass was a welcome change of pace compared to the recent hot/dry climate in North Carolina.  Wasting no time, the eager 8way Team headed to the dropzone early this morning to begin a day of training jumps from 12,500ft.

After two productive 8way jumps, the Team was forced to take a break due to some low level clouds settling over Skydive Chicago.  We are currently using the downtime to register for the four different formation skydiving events that will be taking place this coming week- 4way, 8way, 10way, and 16way.  The clouds are expected to move out this afternoon, and the Knights will press on with more 8way and 4way training jumps.  The competition will begin on Saturday with the 4way event, followed by 8way.  If you’re in the Chicago area, stop by and say hello as we prepare for some intense competition this coming week!

The 8Way Freefall Formation Team exits the UV-18 Twin Otter for a practice jump

The 8Way Freefall Formation Team exits the UV-18 Twin Otter for a practice jump

For more information on the 2010 US National Skydiving competition, please visit:www.skydivechicago.com

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