Gold Team Headlines in Bellevue

This is the second time the Gold Demonstration Team has visited Bellevue for a show and both times the team has encountered adverse weather.  Upon arriving the team was briefed on what their schedule was for the Defenders of Freedom Open House Air Show held on Offutt Air Force Base and along with the schedule came a warning of possible changes to the planned schedule due to the weather forecast.   As always the Gold Team stands ready to adjust to any situation that might arise and did so effortlessly.  On Friday the team was set to perform a jump for the media day before the air show but had to adjust their mass formation because of some lingering clouds half way up to altitude.  Even though it is difficult for the people on the ground to see the formation in free fall it is still important for the jump to go as planned so the Gold Team Leader J.D. Berentis made a last minute adjustment to the planned formation and the team pulled it off successfully. 

After the jump the team members had a chance to visit with some of the children from the Make A Wish Foundation and Soldiers from the Wounded Warrior Project.  Both organizations had a great turnout and everyone present had a front row seat to watch the Golden Knights land.  As the team members entered the chalet, children lined up to meet the jumpers they just saw land and it is always a treat for the team to be greeted so many enthusiastic kids.  The team also wondered around to all the tables in the area to make sure the children that could not get in line were not missing out on meeting the team.  The soldiers from the Wounded Warrior Project also gave a heartfelt welcome to the team and some were quoted in saying that “The jump was the coolest thing they had seen in years” and “You all are crazy for jumping that hi”.

Saturday the team along with the other acts were put on standby because of the low ceiling and the predicted bad weather that was supposed to roll in later on.  Before any on the performers took off the decision was made to cancel the show for that day and put it off till Sunday.  On Sunday Gold Team again was faced with a cloudy sky and few holes to jump through.  The whole airshow was pushed back on their timelines forcing everyone to modify their performances but the show must go on since the crowd was already over 100,000 people.  The team took off with hopes of finding a gap in the clouds large enough to put out some jumpers but no such luck so the team landed with the plane and made their way over to the recruiting booth right next to show center.  Even though the team did not make the first jump the people were happy to see the jumpers and wanted to get their autographs.  The second jump was modified as well due to the low clouds and shortened timeline so as a trusty standby to any planned jump world famous Golden Knight Stack Out became the highlight of the day and successfully closed out the air show.  To the delight of the crowd the team returned to the Recruiting Booth to sign more autographs and take photos with the audience. 

Chicago Air and Water Fest 2012

The Chicago Air and Water Fest is, by far, the largest single audience that the Golden Knights perform for each year.  This year, a record 2 million spectators crowded the beaches and city streets of Chicago, in hopes to get a glance of their favorite airshow performers. Black Team was honored to perform five parachute demonstrations this weekend for the city of Chicago.

One of the more unique things about this airshow is that we were able to provide four tandem parachute jumps to four lucky people during the performances.  So, not only did they get the experience of a lifetime, but they also got to experience what it is like as a Golden Knight, performing parachute demonstrations in front of over two million fans!  Pictured below is Derrick Young, a reporter/anchor for CBS 2 Chicago, just before his jump.

This weekend also gave Black team a chance to interact and perform with the United States Navy Parachute Team, The Leapfrogs.  As both the Golden Knights and the Leapfrogs perform parachute demonstrations across the country, we sometimes find ourselves crossing paths at nearly a half dozen air shows per year.  We enjoyed our time with, and would like to thank the Leapfrogs! Also, as expected, we thank City of Chicago for having us back time and time again.  We are looking forward to the Chicago Air and Water Fest 2013!


To View the tandem of Mr Mark Day, check out our Youtube channel:

A Day at Lambeau Field

The Black Demonstration Team dropped in on the city of Greenbay, Wisconnsin this weekend.  Famed NFL football team, the Greenbay Packers, invited the Golden Knights to help kick off thier “Fan Appreciation Day” with a parachute demonstration into the legendary Lambeau Field.

To the tune of over 70,000 roaring Packers fans, the Golden Knights lept from our C-31 Friendship Aircraft mearly 2,500 ft above the stadium!  The Team Leader of the Black Demonstration Team, SFC Tom Dunning said, “Stadium jumps are my favorite because they always get my heart racing!”  This, coming from one of the most seasoned Knights on the Parachute Team! But, with a toss of the wind drift indicators, some practice runs over the stadium, and a lot of experience and teammates to back him up, SFC Dunning led Black Team out of the aircraft, onto Lambeau Field, and into the pages of the Packers history books!  This was the first time anyone had ever parachuted into Lambeau Field!

With each jumper performing signature Golden Knight landings, the team moved to the sidelines to greet enthusiastic fans. The team signed autographs, hats, and snapped photos with the fans.  Afterwards, Black Team moved into the upper box levels of the stadium.  The jump was covered by the local Fox news affiliate and is here for your viewing pleasure:




















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