Night Pyrotechnics: Black Team Week Five

Black Team members of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, train on putting together formations together with pyrothechnics above Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL.

Black Team members of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, train on putting together formations together with pyrothechnics above Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL.

Black Team began week five with our night training at 4:00 am this past week with focus on stack discipline (vertical separation between jumpers under canopy), mass formations, and canopy relative work into the baseball diamond located on Homestead ARB. Each of our maneuvers were succesfully completed using our night pyrotechnics that are worn on our left ankle with wires running to a small ignition box that is worn on the chest strap of our individual parachute system.

We like to compare our night pyro to that of sparklers on our ankle to assist each jumper with illumination in free fall as well as under canopy. The night pyro is also helpful for our spectators to see us and for our ground safety officers to observe our maneuvers and keep an accurate count of each jumper due to limited visibility.

Upon completion of our night jumps this week, we continued our training into the daylight on Homestead ARB with focus on diamond formations, which the team will be completing and fine tuning as we head into week six.

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Army Staff Sgt. David Echeverry, member of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, performs post jump checks after training with pyro during night operations on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fl.

Army Staff Sgt. David Echeverry, member of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, performs post jump checks after training with pyro during night operations on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fl.

A member of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, trains with pyro during night operations on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fl.

A member of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, trains with pyro during night operations on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fl.

Army Sgt. First Class Justin Little, member of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, flies in the Army Flag after training with pyro during night operations on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fl.

Army Sgt. First Class Justin Little, member of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, flies in the Army Flag after training with pyro during night operations on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fl.

 

 

Black Team Completes Diamond Tracks During Week Four

Hitfter-crossBoth tracking partners simultaneously exit our distinctly painted US Army C31 Friendship Aircraft at an altitude of twelve thousand five hundred feet. Their goal is to create a diamond in the sky with their smoke trails and then turn one hundred and eighty degrees just to streak back towards one another, creating a dramatic cross in the sky with combined closing speeds of up to three hundred miles per hour.

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Assistant Team Leader SFC Teigh Statler has continued to coach, mentor, and motivate the black demonstration team as we began our fourth week of training which consisited of the diamond track maneuver, canopy relative work, and mass formation jumps. The diamond track maneuver requires each jumper to manipulate their bodies while flying towards each other using their hands, arms, legs and shoulders as flight controls to safely and precisely complete the difficult diamond track maneuver, crossing within what appears to be inches of each other from the ground.

The team is extremely positive with the progression of each of our maneuvers as well as the camaraderie that continues to build with six weeks remaining of our training here in Homestead, FL. The team begins our night training this coming week !

 

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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.

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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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