2015 Great New England Air Show Success

IMG_3637Gold Demonstration Team spent this last weekend at the Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts. We performed four shows before a crowd of over two hundred thousand spectators and fans.

This weekend brought along a few weather obstacles, but nothing the Golden Knights weren’t trained to handle. Working alongside the Canadian forces, the Team opened the show flying in both the U.S. and Canadian National flags with their respective anthems. We were able to host some of the U.S. Navy Blue Angel crew, Westover Air Force Servicemen and women and a variety of media and press, to share with them the experience of jumping out over such an amazing air show venue.

After each performance, the Team was welcomed by hundreds of fans and future Soldiers who helped us pack our parachutes, and learned about what it takes to be a Soldier in today’s Army, and a teammate on the U.S. Army Parachute Team. We look forward to the next time we can be a part of the excitement and hospitality of the Great New England Air Show!

Please join or follow us next weekend at the Salute to Veterans Air Show in Columbia, Missouri. We will be joined once again with the Canadian Snow Birds and many other incredible performers!

Blue Skies!

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Last Week’s Event Highlights

Photo3stack4USAPT returned from Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL to Fort Bragg, NC after a successful Annual Certification Cycle. The Team completed nearly 6,000 jumps.

We supported and trained with visiting DoD Teams including the Black Daggers, the West Point Parachute Team Coach, and instructors from the US Air Force Academy. We focused on new diciplines to add to the demonstrations this year including wing suits. The demonstration teams made 117 wing suit jumps in preparation for the new show season and world record attempt later this year.

The Aviation Detachment,”Team 6,” conducted 662 sorties without incident thanks to their professionalism and the hard work of our maintenance section.

Photo 2The VFS Team departed for Sebastian, FL last week to participate in another “head down” world record training camp. The camps are mandatory for participation in the world record attempt coming up later in the year and are where event organizers select participants for the record. So far, USAPT has four Soldiers invited to participate. SFC Abeln, SSG Pendleton, SSG Stahler,and SGT Martin will travel to Illinois in August and attempt to break the record of 138 people falling towards the Earth together, head down, at nearly 200 mph.Photo 1

 

 

 

Last week, two Cadet free fall teams from West Point traveled to Fort Bragg, NC for coaching from our 8-Way Competition Team. SFC Drew Starr spent the week with the two teams of Cadets at the Paraclete wind tunnel and the local drop zone to coach them on their competitive free fall skills.

SFC Matt Davidson was featured in the online magazine, Skydive Mag, for an article offering advice to other jumpers on skills necessary to compete in formation skydiving. SFC Davidson is writing several more articles for future issues where civilian skydivers can look to the Golden Knights for advice and training. SFC Davidson’s article can be found at http://www.skydivemag.com/article/working-with-your-clone-piece-partner.

The Women’s 4-way FST trained in the wind tunnel preparing for their upcoming meet in Bedford, England. Over 100 teams will compete in the Bedford meet.

Black Team kicked off the 2015 Air Show Season with a weekend demonstration at Keesler, AFB in Biloxi, MS.  The Gold Team will be heading out to Tyndal AFB Open House in Panama City Florida for the weekend of 11-12 April.

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Gold Team Flies Through Week Six & Seven of ACC

150219-A-XXXXX-001Weeks six and seven of ACC for the Gold demonstration team were advantageous ones. We were graced with the expertise of two professionals within the Air Show and skydiving fields, who helped to hone our skills as aerial demonstrators.

During week six, we welcomed Mr. Rob Reider, an Emmy award winning air show announcer. He worked closely with the newest team members, perfecting both their narration skills as well as presence on the microphone.

During week seven, the team met with the US Military Academy’s Parachute Team coach, Mr. Tom Falzone. With his expertise on formation skydiving, we were able to dial down our mass formations and even successfully create large 20-plus “big way” formations. During this week Gold team continued training on the diamond formation, as well as canopy relative work and narration.

Looking ahead, we will begin training on full show performances. This will be especially important for our three new members. It is finally an opportunity for them to train on the culmination of the last seven weeks of maneuvers and their accompanying narration. We will also be welcoming another guest coach, Mr. Randy Swallows, who will be assisting our freefall photographers in refining their video and photo skills.

Blue Skies!

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