With March on the horizon and only one month left in our Annual Certification Cycle, Team Six continues to rack up the safe flight hours and total lifts to altitude supporting all of the Golden Knights demonstrators.
Things have been very exciting here in Homestead! We conducted night operations on the 13th beginning at 0100 and jumping through sunrise. Jumping at night is always very exciting as we get to watch the demonstrators leave our aircraft into the dark of night and ignite pyrotechnics as they fall through the sky.
We were visited by the former Team Six Commander, MAJ Craig Blackwood last week . It is always good to have Golden Knight alums that stop in and check on us and continue to show their steadfast support.
DAC Ken Breeden and CIV Frank Reiner of our maintenance team departed this week to pick up our newly painted C-31 Troopship 607. The paint looks great and with a fresh maintenance overhaul and we look forward to placing her back into service for the upcoming show season. Speaking of the C-31 Troopship; our detachment as part of the total team voted on various names to paint onto the C-31’s that will remain with those aircraft through their retirement. The final names have not been released yet, but look for the names on the side of our aircraft as we stop through your town this year.
Our pilots and crewchiefs received their tentative show slating this week and know which teams they will support for the year and which shows they will participate in. Signing up for shows is a process our team carries out each year and generally pilots and crew members get to travel to their hometowns if those shows are scheduled. Even the most senior pilots get the gleam in their eye when the show schedule is released! It’s a proud moment when our new pilots and crewmembers see their name next to a schedule show.
CW4 Jason Davis and CW3 David Burns redeployed to Fort Bragg to support the men and women’s competition teams in their workups for upcoming competitions. The weather in February can be a challenge for jumping in North Carolina, but the pilots and competitors are putting in long days when the weather permits.
Finally, we welcomed a new crewchief, SGT Broderick DeArmas, to our team. He comes to us from the 82d Combat Aviation Brigade where he worked in the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance facility.
Until next time; Blue Skies!
Black Team Demonstrator SSG Rese Pendelton ask’s What is is?