SGT Chris Clark brings in his canopy for a dead center landing. Photo by Samantha Albrecht
Gold Team is spending the weekend at Scott AFB, IL, where the outlook for the weather looked about the same as it has been for the last few weekends for both demonstration teams. Gold Team fought the low clouds, however, by pushing the show back a couple hours, we were able to get the show off with minimum altitudes. The Team was particularly glad to be able to perform on Saturday in respect for those who lost their lives nine years ago. Given the fact that the anniversary of September 11th was foremost in everyone’s minds, this airshow seemed especially patriotic. The Team joined the Army Recruiters to get the crowd involved in packing parachutes, and to talk to America’s youth. (more…)
Gold Team flies a 6 way hybrid formation at the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Airshow. Photo by SSG Aaron Figel
On Sunday in Martinsburg, WV’s the weather was much improved over Saturday, and the team was able to get both performances off the ground. For the first show the Gold Demonstration Team was able to put together a hybrid formation, which included both flyers falling belly to earth, and feet first. The tandem team was also able to take their passenger, Jamie Burke from WHAG news station, from Saturday’s show, and she was not disappointed with her freefall experience. (more…)
Gold Team started the weekend off in Martinsburg, WV by jumping into the Charles Town Horsetrack and then attending the social being held there. With a combination of members from the Gold Demonstration Team, Tandem Team, and the Style and Accuracy Team, an 8 way formation was built with 11,000 feet of altitude (due to clouds). The team then made their way upstairs where they were greeted with applause. Team members intermingled with others attending the event, answering questions and taking pictures. Afterwards several members made their way down to the track to watch some of the horse races. There, they met some of the jockeys, and were invited to take pictures with one of the winning horses. Gold Team will continue the weekend by jumping into the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show.
Photos by SSG Steve Robertson