Black Team Rocking Rockford

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Black Team Leader  SFC Kevin Presgraves signing autographs

Black Team Leader SFC Kevin Presgraves signing autographs

 

 

The Black Demonstration Team led by SFC Kevin Presgraves traveled north this past weekend to Rockford, Illinois for the Rockford Airfest. The team arrived on Friday and attended the event sponsored social where we were welcomed back to the airshow circuit along with several other phenomenal civilian and military acts including the US Airforce Thunderbirds and the Canadian Snowbirds. The team opened the show Saturday morning with PFC Jason Wenger and SSG Shelby Bixler flying in the American and Canadian Flag for a dual anthem. Accompanying PFC Wenger and SSG Bixler during their canopy decent to show center were pilots Rob Holland and Bill Stein.

The team then performed a mass formation and landed along the crowd line of close to 65,000 air show enthusiasts. Our afternoon full show was modified due to cloud cover, but that did not stop Black Team from pushing forward and giving the American public a stellar performance of a baton pass, the crowd favorite down plane maneuver, as well as a diamond formation from an altitude of only 6500 feet! Although mother nature gave us some leeway for our Saturday performances we were not able to open the show on Sunday morning due to weather. Low visibility does not stop the Golden Knights from walking through crowds of close to 65,000 air show fans to share our Army story, sign autographs, take photos and even visit with the air show vendors and chalets. The weather lifted just enough for us during the afternoon to perform two passes of stackout maneuvers followed by a full team lineup.

Honorary GK John Duda

Honorary GK John Duda

 

Special thanks to Honorary Golden Knight John Duda for assisting the team this weekend and to all of our fellow military and civilian acts.

 

Fayetteville Swamp Dogs

 

SSG James Hackett Jumping in the American Flag to Lee Greenwoods God Bless America

SSG James Hackett Jumping in the American Flag to Lee Greenwoods God Bless America

 

The Black Demonstration Team had the honor of being able to perform a local parachute demonstration this weekend at the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs baseball game.The Fayetteville Swamps Dogs are a collegiate summer baseball team playing in the Costal Plain League since the 2001 season, when they swamped the South Division with a record of 18 wins and 8 losses.

  Eleven black team demonstrators exited our C-31 Friendship five thousand feet above JP Riddle Stadium and put on a fantastic display of our infamous stackout maneuvers followed by a biplane (canopy relative work), which was piloted by SSG Chris Clark and navigator SGT David Echeverry to close out the show.

  SSG Chris Clark jumped in the game ball and presented it to the City of Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson, who threw the first pitch into the game. It is such a great privilege to be able to jump into local venues around our prestigious All American City, which is the Home of the US Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights. It was such a great pleasure to have our friends, family and local community cheering us on as we landed our black and gold canopies in the center of the stadium.  Join us for our next stop Rockford, Illinois!

SSG Bixler

 

 

 

 

11th Annual Jones Beach Airshow

Black Yearbook 14 The Black Demonstration Team led by SFC Kevin Presgraves made their third air show appearance of the season at the 11th Annual Jones Beach Airshow in New York. It was an honor to be back in the skies again performing alongside so many prestigious acts including the US Navy Blue Angels and legendary aviation pilot Sean D. Tucker of Team Oracle.

 

The Team performs for more than 1/3 of the American Public Annually

The Team performs for more than 1/3 of the American Public Annually

 The team was welcomed back to the air show circuit at the Cradle of Aviation Museum to kick off the weekends festivities. SFC Kevin Presgraves presented a team lithograph to air show sponsor Bethpage Federal Credit Union and thanked all of the air show sponsors for inviting us back to Jones Beach, NY.

 Downing Travis SGT 14SGT Travis Downing and SGT David Flynn were the narrators for our performances on Saturday and Flynn David SGTSunday. They both had the honor of flying in our Nation’s Colors prior to our performances. During each of our narrators canopy decent into the 200 by 200 foot landing area,  Mr. Sean D. Tucker and his aerobatic dream machine circled each of them with the Team Oracle plane.

 

 

 What an honor it was to represent all Soldiers past and present in front of a record setting crowd of close to 500,000. After each of our performances this weekend we walked out of our 200 by 200 foot drop zone carrying our parachutes into a crowd of thousands of spectators. We received plenty of high fives and were thanked over and over again for our service to this wonderful Country as well as the spectacular performances. The strength of our Soldiers comes from the support we receive all across the Nation. Thank you Jones Beach!

  Black team is preparing for another local performance into the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs Minor League Baseball game this weekend and then will make their 4th air show appearance in Rockford, Illinois.   SSG Bixler  Photos by SSG Pendleton

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