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

The Black Demonstration Team Jumped into the 65th Armed Forces Day Celebration

 

SSG David Echeverry was the first demonstrator to jump in the American Flag and he then narrated the rest of the show for his team.

SSG David Echeverry was the first demonstrator to jump in the American Flag and he then narrated the rest of the show for his team.

Members of the Black Team performed at the Fayetteville’s Veteran’s Park this past weekend

for the 65th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration.There was approximately 800 participants that went on the bike run this year.  

SSG Echeverry narrating the demonstraton.

SSG Echeverry narrating the demonstraton.

 

An excited audience cheers as the jumpers come in.

An excited audience cheers as the jumpers come in.

SSG Clark and biggest fan

SSG Clark and biggest fan

CSM Thomas Holland watching the team as they come in to the drop zone.

CSM Thomas Holland watching the team as they come in to the drop zone.

 

SSG Sloan and MSG Cooley signing autographs for Veterans.

SSG Sloan and MSG Cooley signing autographs for Veterans.

SPC Luke Olk and PFC Wenger sign autographs for visiting veterans

SPC Luke Olk and PFC Wenger sign autographs for visiting veterans

SSG Hackett, MSG Cooley and SSG Sloan taking photo with fans

SSG Hackett, MSG Cooley and SSG Sloan taking photo with fans

 

MSG Cooley, Luc Looley and Black Team

MSG Cooley, Luc Cooley and Black Team

Lining up for the target

Lining up for the target

Pyro exit

Pyro exit

 

                                                                                                                            It was a great honor to be able to perform in our hometown and continue to be the ambassadors for the

US Army as well as Soldiers past and present who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

The team had the honor of jumping with MSG Charles Cooley to log his last jump as a Golden Knights.

We wish MSG Cooley the best as he transitions into civilian life.

 Black team begins their preparation this week as they head to

Jones Beach, NY this weekend. SSG Bixler

 

SSG Clark jumps in thae Army Star Camopu

SSG Clark jumps in the Army Star Canopy

US Army Parachute Team,Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team

US Army Parachute Team,Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team

SSG Chris Clark hits dead center the target

SSG Chris Clark hits dead center the target

 

MSG Charles Cooley making his last local jump prior to his retirement

MSG Charles Cooley making his last local jump prior to his retirement

 

 

Black Demonstration Team CSM Thomas Holland and MSG Charles Cooley

Black Demonstration Team CSM Thomas Holland and MSG Charles Cooley

 

POW/MIA Flag

POW/MIA Flag

Jumping pyro at dusk with the NC Flad

Jumping pyro at dusk with the NC Flag

 

 

The Black Demonstration Team arrived on Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ

 

Members of the Black Demonstration Team Exiting the Team C31 Friendship Fokker

Members of the Black Demonstration Team Exiting the Team C31 Friendship Fokker

The Black Demonstration Team arrived on Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ this weekend for the second air show of the season. The team was invited to attend the Joint Base social on the first day and received a warm air show welcome from all of the air show sponsors. Amongst some of the guests at the social included base commander Colonel John Wood of the 87th ABW.  The team met with several air show sponsors and dignitaries from around Joint Base Mcguire-Dix- Lakehurst. They were all just as excited to see our performances and we were more than ready to get back in the sky!

 We were up early Friday morning ready to put on our mass performance for all of the media and DOD ID card holders. However, Mother Nature did not play in our favor and the show was cancelled. Inclement weather does not stop the Golden Knights from providing their spectators/fans with the best part of their show and that is the one on one interaction through high fives, handshakes and autographs. And we did just that at the Army Recruiting display located directly behind show center. 

 Signs of inclement weather were forecasted for the following day at Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst as we still maintained our focus and determination to have the opportunity to connect the US Army to the American public through our precision free fall maneuvers and canopy skills. The skies slowly opened up for us that morning just in time for our first mass performance. Although landing on target is one of the many signature landings of every Golden Knight, each jumper was able to pick a spot to land along the show line to truly personalize the performance for the air show spectators.

 Our last performance of the weekend included both a mass and a full show. This was the team’s first opportunity to perform their first full show of the air show season. Eight press riders accompanied us on our climb to 12,500 feet. The excitement for what they were about to experience on board our C31 was infectious. High fives, smiles and a few fist bumps were exchanged with our press riders prior to each maneuver was so exiting. All four full show maneuvers were highlighted to include the baton pass, cutaway, diamond track and diamond formation. What a way to close out the weekend!

  Black Team is home for the week and is looking forward to completing more training in preparation for their first local show at the Fayetteville Veterans Park this Saturday.

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