The Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team, consisting of nine jumpers performed a low altitude stack-out jump into the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs baseball game this past Saturday for its season opener and pre-game entertainment against the Morehead City Marlins.
SGT Luke Olk flew in our Nations colors from 4,500 feet directly behind second base into the hands of the Golden Knights ground coordinator and safety representative SSG Nick Birkner. The remaining jumpers exited the Golden Knight UV18 Viking Twin Otter at an altitude of 4,000 feet and performed their stack-out maneuver, which is where each jumper exits the aircraft at intervals of two seconds apart to set up a demonstration accuracy stack. This specific stack allows each individual jumper to create vertical separation in order to setup individual landing patterns into their specified landing area.
SSG Jimmy Hackett and SFC Corey Hood exited the aircraft after the rest of the team and within ten seconds stacked their canopies on top of one another creating a two stack (a maneuver referred to as canopy relative work). SSG Hackett piloted the two stack into the stadium with SFC Hood flying the North Carolina state flag.
The team always looks forward to performing a local show in front of the Fayetteville community, family members, and fellow teammates.