Touring the Country with the Golden Knights

Every demonstration requires a great deal of planning, attention to detail, and the ability to adapt to any new situation.  As the Black Demonstration Team moves out, once again, to perform demonstrations across the country, we rely extensively on the standard operating procedures, techniques, and traditions of the Golden Knights to ensure every show is executed with the utmost of professionalism. This week, Black Team is moving out on what we call a “long show.”  We will be traveling to three different locations over an eleven day roadtrip, including Portsmouth, NH, St. Louis, MO, and Rock Island, IL.  We will perform nearly ten seperate demonstrations and interact with over 100,000 Americans eager to hear the Army story.

To start off our road trip, Black team was honored to be invited back to Portsmouth, NH for the 2012 Boston-Portsmouth Airshow! As always, the Golden Knights were welcomed warmly by the Portsmouth area locals.  With a full weekend of demonstrations ahead of us, we were pleased to have the opportunity to meet with the local Boy Scouts of America.  The scouts were at the airshow doing what scouts do best, volunteering.  Everywhere you looked around at the airshow, there was a Boy Scout picking up trash, handing out water, or driving the elderly patrons around on golfcarts.  Black Team jumped at the chance to visit the scouts in thier camp. The team showed videos, answered questions, signed autographs, and took pictures with the scouts.

As for the airshow, Black Team performed five parachute demonstrations, including 3 Mass performances and 2 Full shows. The weather allowed each performance to be accomplished at our full jumping altitude of 12,500 ft! The crowd was amazed at the precision and discipline, exhibited by the Team, and were also pleased with the Canopy Relative Work (CRW) we put together. The Golden Knights look forward to visiting the Portsmouth area again next year!

Latrobe Air Show is Back on Its Feet After 10 Years of Hibernation

 Black Team visits western Pennsylvania for the Latrobe Air Show! Latrobe hosts their second air show, following their unwanted stop, with the September 11th attacks. Along with the Blue Angels, Rob Holland, Sean Tucker and other acts, Black Team was impressed with the incredible outcome of Saturday’s turnout. Blue Skies prompted the Team to climb to our full jump altitude of 12,500 feet and put on a respectable show!

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Black Team jumps into Yankee Stadium to honor Military Appreciation Day

The Black Demonstration Team is very proud to have been invited back to Yankee Stadium for their annual military appreciation day on 9 June 2012.  After arriving in New York City, Black Team traveled immediately to the World Famous Yankee Stadium to conduct a site survey.  As the Yankees were in batting practice, the team made their way onto the field to coordinate the ground show that would follow the jump.  During the rehearsal, we were pleasantly surprised to be approached by Hall of Famer Mr. Reggie Jackson, also known as Mr. October.  The team also had the unique opportunity to present a framed lithograph to the Yankees Manager, Mr. Joe Giardi.

As the first canopy crested the lip of Yankees stadium Black Demonstration Team was welcomed by the roar of 50,000 Yankees fans.” It was an amazing sight”, new team member SGT Jon Lopez commented, “looking down and seeing the stadium packed with fans, hearing them roar as we flew in was incredible, I will never forget this”. The stack out formation was lead in by SFC Tom Dunning and capped by a Black Team signature side by side down-plane formation piloted by SSG Dan Cook and SSG Chris Clark.  The annual military appreciation day is a longtime tradition of the Black demonstration Team dating back several years’. It was nice to hear that the Yankees will be inviting the Black Demonstration Team back in 2013.

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