Black Team Completed Baton Pass Maneuvers During Week Three

IMG_6986The Black Demonstration Team took advantage of the blue, yet chilly skies above Homestead Air Reserve Base during week three of our ACC with focus on our baton pass maneuvers. The baton pass shows the basic maneuverability of the human body while both jumpers are gaining speeds up to 120 miles per hour.

Each two man team exits the C31 Friendship aircraft simultaneously as they begin to glide apart gaining separation while using their hands, arms, legs and shoulders as flight controls. Both jumpers turn and face each other in preparation for the 14 inch mahogany baton exchange, which is typically presented to selected COI’s and VIP’s at air shows and various performances throughout the country. Once the two team members make contact they begin to form 120 mile per hour spirals in the sky with their red smoke trails and then separate prior to deploying their main canopies.

In addition to the team successfully completing our required training for baton passes during week three, we have dedicated our first jump each morning (weather permitting) to canopy relative work with our assigned tracking partners.







Each team has made tremendous progression from the two-stack canopy relative work maneuver into our side-by-side and down-plane maneuvers. The motivation and drive for our team to continue to strive for perfection, safety, and trust in one another improves each and every day. With that trust and confidence in one another, we move into week four with the diamond track maneuvers.

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66th Annual Homestead Championship Rodeo

C130moonWeb_2782 Members of the Black Demonstration Team jumped into the annual Homestead Rodeo on Sunday celebrating the 66th year for the Rodeo. Unfortunately on Saturday the brisk winds and low ceiling prevented the Gold Team jump into the rodeo, but fans cheered as the teams C31 Friendship circled high above the stands.linevanweb2714

There were hundreds of excited fans, Boy Scouts, vendors and of course beautiful Rodeo Queens enjoying the day’s events.  The US Army Recruiters booth was at the front gate, where the Golden Knights greeted the public and signed autographs  and the Marine Color Guard stood at attention as the National Anthem was sung by a local young lady.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo was held at the “Doc” Demilly Rodeo Arena at Tom Harris Field, which is the only one held in the Miami Dade County.

We are delighted to return to our winter training home and beautiful town of Homestead, which is the gateway to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks.


SSG David Echeverry fliesin his Florida home state flag

SSG David Echeverry fliesin his Florida home state flag


SFC Clark

SFC Clark


SGT Downing

SGT Downing


Signing autographs


Black Team Leading into Week Two of ACC

IMG_8308-wThe Black Demonstration Team spent week two of our Annual Certification Cycle, completing 306 total stack out jumps, which allows the team to exit our aircraft at lower altitudes to practice our stack discipline and allows the team to accomplish more jumps throughout the day.

The team is progressing quickly with dialing in our accuracy scores to ensure precision landings at our air shows. Additionally, we incorporated both the packing and pulling down of our state flags, while under canopy during the first jump of the day. This has allowed our two newest team mates to learn the functionality of their flag line, while simultaneously working their way into the stack.

Each team member has an assigned tracking partner for our maneuvers, to include the “fan favorite”, canopy relative work ( where both partners work together to stack two canopies on top of each other.)

Our first jump on Wednesday and Thursday of this week was dedicated to canopy relative work progression and each demonstrator successfully accomplished this task. The team has their sights set on working our way up to the more advanced canopy relative work maneuvers such as the side-by-side and down-plane towards the end of winter training.

Next week the team begins with baton pass maneuvers and closes out this week with a demonstration into the Homestead Rodeo Sunday afternoon.


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