Blue Skies JT

 

The Golden Knights proudly and humbly memorialize Jonathan Tagle with the letters JT flown in free fall above Laurinburg NC. Home of the Golden Knights. The initials he was famously known for. He was more than just a skydiver. JT was an inspiration to all of those that put on a parachute. He was a professional canopy pilot, a pioneer and an ambassador for a country in a discipline that has no margin of error. One which is not for the feint of heart. Flying parachutes at speeds nearing 90 miles per hour inches from objects and from the ground. His smile was infectious and his attitude was glorious. In an individual sport he was one of my biggest adversaries. With his small stature, but his larger than life personality which was only matched by his incredible talent. I have been teammates with him several times as we represented the United States in international competition. He pushed me to want to be a better pilot. His mere presence made everyone perform to the best of their abilities, because if they didn’t he was unbeatable. He was, several times over a National Champion and a World Champion. We were competitors together we were competitors against one another, we were team mates but most of all we were friends. With a heavy heart and my deepest condolences to his family, his friends and fellow teammates on the Performance Designs Factory Team, I say good bye to a true friend.

Blue Skies JT

(written with deepest simpathy and warmest regards by Greg Windmiller)

 

Golden Knights Win Gold, Times Two!!

The Women’s division of the 36th Military World Parachuting Championships officially finished today.  The Golden Knight Women’s Team won Gold in Formation Skydiving with a total of 197 points over eight rounds.  This gives them an average of 24.6, a personal best for this first year team.  (more…)

The Countdown to 2011 CISM begins….

SSG Acevedo before dead center

SSG Acevedo before dead center at the 2010 CISM in Switzerland

The 5th Counseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) World Games is less than three weeks away.  Actually, there are less than nine training days until the members of the US Army Parachute Team depart for Brazil.  These Golden Knights will represent the United States in the 36th World Military Parachuting Championships, one of twenty world championships to form the World Games this year. (more…)

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