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.
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…)