Demo Teams Surprise Local School

The skies are looking bright and the Knights are soaring high. As the new fiscal year kicks off, the Demonstration teams are raring to begin performing.

During the past few months, the Demonstration teams have been training together to build on their collective flight skills and target precision. Our training days run the gamut from narration to Canopy Relative Work and big ways to accuracy landings. Below pictures an 11-way over our home drop zone, Laurinburg, NC, taken by SFC Joe Ablen.

Black and Gold Demo Team

Recently the Demonstration teams had the privilege of jumping into one of our local schools on Ft. Bragg, Albritton Middle School, for their Spirit Week. The teams combined their efforts to perform for the enthusiastic students. Gold Team’s, SGT Blake Gaynor, jumped first to test out the high winds over the school and to narrate the show for the rest of the jumpers. The team then did a baton pass, followed by a mass formation lead by the Gold Team Leader, SFC Dustin Peregrin.

Albriton Middle School

The baton was presented to Lora Tensley, who has served in our community’s school systems for the last 30 years. A few of Albritton’s eager students helped the jumpers pack up their parachutes to be jumped again soon, in the North Carolinian Blue Skies.

Parachute Packingbaton presentation (2)

Annual Certification Cycle Rolls On

The skies are blue in Homestead, Florida, where the Golden Knight’s Black and Gold demonstration teams and elite Tandem team are working hard to complete their Annual Certification Cycle.  The days start early in order to get as many training jumps as possible.   The demonstration teams have been working on all facets of the skills required to begin the show season.  These skills include various freefall formations, canopy relative work, target accuracy, and perfecting the narration used during our shows.

Canopy relative work, or CRW, is a newer component of parachuting where one jumper actually flies his parachute right into the hands of another jumper.  There are many different CRW formations that can be performed.   At the bottom of this page, you will see a seven stack built by the black demonstration team.

The newest members of the demonstration teams were in for a great treat with the arrival of Mr. Rob Reider.  Rob, an honorary Golden Knight and world renowned air show announcer, spent a few days sharing his experiences and knowledge with our up and coming narrators. 

The blue skies provide a perfect training environment for high altitude jumps, where the two teams are able to perfect their flights to perform a wide range of freefall formations.  Various team members wear red smoke on their legs to allow the spectator to see the formations from the ground. Once the outside jumpers reach 5,000 feet, they will each turn 180 degrees and streak to their opening point, creating a bomb burst with their smoke trails.  

The most important part of the jump, after the freefall formations and canopy work, is landing on the target.  Target accuracy is practiced and perfected every single jump during the two month certification period.  The jumper must be proficient in reading the wind conditions and maneuvering the parachute in order to land square on the target.

The tandem team has been busy training up the newest tandem instructors and providing tandem parachute jumps to various VIP’s.  The windy Florida weather has provided great experience to help this team prepare for their upcoming tandem camps.  There have been many happy faces coming off the drop zone thanks to this teams hard work.

The Golden Knights will continue to train hard in order to bring America’s Army to America’s Public.  We look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming shows!

HOT In Homestead

   The United States Army Parachute Team began Winter Training at Homestead, ARB today in a sweltering 80-degree weather.

    The Black and Gold Demonstration Teams jumped right through the day with picturesque gray, blue and huge white puffy clouds and even a slight bit of rain.

    World Record Swoop Champion, Sergeant 1st Class Greg Windmiller gave a very intricate class to about twelve team members in canopy proficiency.

    The newest team members that graduated from the Assessment and Selection Program in October seemed a little tense but very eager to get started, while the senior members where just happy to get back to training.

    Each new guy is assigned an old guy to mentor and advise through out the show season, beginning with the intense two months of winter training.

    Today both demonstration teams completed eight jumps before the liquid sunshine came in to nourish our beautiful bright green-sodded drop zone.

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