On Thursday, the 1st of November, Black Team departed for their final air show loop, for the 2012 season. Although there are still more events, this was our final “air show.” This is a relatively unique opportunity for the Golden Knights, as well. Homestead is the winter home of the U.S. Army Parachute Team’s Demonstration and Tandem sections. Homestead ARB opens their doors and hospitality to us at the start of each season, so we were delighted to return and close out the final air show at their doorsteps.
To kick off the weekend, Black Team jumped into Sun Life Stadium for Thursday’s University of Miami vs. Virginia Tech football game. Friday’s Media performances consisted of both, opening the show and also, closing out the evening with a night pyro jump, from 12,500 feet.
Saturday and Sunday’s shows allowed Black Team to show its potential with perfect weather and light winds. Exiting from 2 ½ miles above southern Florida, the Team performed a free fall formation each day, with Canopy Relative Work. Landing on the center of the 10ft x 10 orange “X,” we couldn’t have asked for a better way to close out our final air show.
We were delighted to support the local Army recruiters, as well as visit other community members, who have continuously welcomed the Parachute Team with open arms. With the proud military support in Homestead, Florida, we will always continue looking forward to our next visit.
The Black Demonstration team of the United States Army parachute team the Golden Knights had the privilege of delivering the game football into Georgia Southern University’s 2012 Joint Services Military Appreciation Day on 13th October, it couldn’t have been a better day the sky was blue and the winds were light, giving the black demonstration team the perfect conditions to execute a precision freefall parachute jump.
With only a small window of opportunity available and 12 minutes left on the game clock, SFC Brian Sealing lead the team in freefall from 4000’ to deliver the game ball. SSG Chris Clark and SGT Matt Navarro executed a down plane formation into the stadium flying the Georgia state flag with SGT Jon Lopez at the top of the stack waiting for the precise moment to unfurl the nation’s colors and land on the last note. All in all it was an amazing demonstration not just for the jumpers and the school itself but the soldiers that the golden knights represent as well.
Black team travels next to the Amigo Airshow over the skies of El Paso Texas
The United States Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights reached out to the public for yet again another local Black Team demonstration jump on Friday the 28th of September. The demonstration took place in the blue North Carolina skies over the Patriot Golf Tournament. The tournament was held at the National Golf Course, in Pinehurst NC.
The day could not have been better. The skies were clear and the winds were light. The Black Demonstration Team performed a mass formation that consisted of an eight man formation. After the bomb burst maneuver and the red smoke cleared, SSG Chris Clark and SGT Matt Navarro, performed canopy relative work, also known as crew. The crowd was in awe as the crew formation came into land over the target area. The Golden Knights performed another flawless demonstration showing the American public what the U.S. Army is all about. Black Demonstration Team’s next demonstration is into North Carolina’s Duke University for a football game.