Strength in Numbers

 

 

 

On Thursday, July 14th, 15 Golden Knights arrived in Indiana for the Gary Air Show. With three aircraft crew members and two ground safety personnel, the Gary Air Show was privileged to have 10 demonstration parachutists for each of the five scheduled performances. While this may seem like just another number to most, it actually opens up several possibilities for our traveling demonstration teams. Scheduled to be a Black Team show, our flexibility grew when 3 Gold Team Demonstrators, as well as another from our Headquarters element, opted to join the mission.

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Gold Team in the Wild Wild West

SSG Chris Clark (left) and SGT Rich Sloan fly a side-by-side down-plane (photo by SSG Dan Cook)

Most of the Golden Knights’ performances are east of the Mississippi, since the Team is based at Fort Bragg, NC. A few times a year, however, the Fokker C-31 jump aircraft will embark on a cross-country trip, carrying the demonstrators to the Rockies and beyond.

It was just such a trip for Gold Team this past weekend in Rifle, Colorado. The jumpers (more…)

Mississippi Landscapes

 

SFC JD Berentis looks down upon the Mississippi River

It was record high temperatures for Dubuque, Iowa as we descended upon the vast backdrop of the Mississippi River. The weekend kicked off by a demonstration into the Kennedy Mall parking lot. We performed for over 800 guests of the Cedar Rapids Recruiting Station.  After the demonstration the Team members were honored to speak with many potential recruits and their families about the lifestyle of today’s modern Army Soldier.  (more…)

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