Westmoreland County Airshow

American Flag

SPC Daniel Osario jumping in the American Flag

 

 

The Gold Demonstration Team had a short flight this weekend to Latrobe, PA. We left early Friday morning  and after arriving set up for our practice jump. The practice mass formation went well to set things rolling for the weekend.

Saturday morning  started with out a cloud in the sky. SPC Daniel Osorio started the air show off by flying in the national colors while being circled by Matt Chapman. SFC Brian Karst and SGT Blake Gaynor closed out the morning show by performing a breath taking down plane. After landing we headed over to the Army recruiting booth to pack our parachutes with the help of the Latrobe community. Once everything was reset the team headed back up to perform our full show. All maneuvers were performed and we closed out the show just prior to the Blue Angels starting their performance.

The forecast for Sunday was not as promising. The team took the short drive to the airport and watched as the clouds started to form. The plane took off as scheduled and we prepared for the morning jump. However, once we were at our exit altitude the rain started and forced us to land. After landing we prepared for the afternoon show in hopes that the rain would clear.

Take off went as scheduled and we were prepared with multiple options in case we had to adjust our exit altitudes due to clouds. The Gold team leader, SFC Dustin Peregren, made the call and the narrator stepped out right on schedule. Minutes after the narrator landed heavy rain started, so the remaining team members circled the target awaiting a break. The rain lifted and the team leader gave us a thumbs up. Instead of the full show, we adjusted to the weather and launched a mass formation. Once the team was safely on the ground SSG Brandon Parra closed out the weekend.

We would like to thank the Latrobe community for allowing the team to perform. Next year we hope for blue skies through out the entire weekend.

SSG Jon Clevenger—

Photos By Theriom Rasputin

 

Golden Knights Kick off Skyfest at Fairchild

Magnificient Starburst shot by team videographer SSG Trey Martin

Magnificient Starburst shot by team videographer SSG Trey Martin

 After a festive Memorial Day weekend the Gold Demonstration Team departed Columbia, MO, and headed to SkyFest Air Show at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA for Skyfest 2014. The air show fans were really excited since this was the first air show at Fairchild since 2010 due to budget restraints.

  The team was ready to hit the ground running and start off a great weekend for the Spokane community. Throughout the weekend the team was able to take up various media and service members from all branches to get a firsthand look.  The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Stearman Formation Team, Cascade Warbirds and Smoke and Thunder were a few acts also present this weekend, which gave outstanding performances.

 Sunday morning after the mass demonstration, Team Leader SFC Dustin Peregrin presented the Mayor of Spokane, Mayor David Condon, a baton which was flown in free fall. The team then packed their parachutes in the crowd with the assistance of enthusiastic recruits from the audience and quickly returned to the blue skies for the final performance of the day.

SGT Blake Gaynor jumped in at show center and narrated the entrance of his fellow teammates for the final Sunday afternoon show, which closed our weekend out with a complete success. 

 The team would like to thank all those from Fairchild AFB and Spokane for providing such great support for not only the Golden Knights but for all the performers present this weekend.   SSG Clevenger, Photos by SGT Trey Martin

Salute to Veterans Air Show

 

SGT Trey Martin shot this beautiful 7-way over Columbis

SGT Trey Martin shot this beautiful 7-way over Columbia

Gold Team spent Memorial Day weekend in beautiful Columbia, MO. The town made us feel at home and started the exciting weekend with a shotgun shoot team event with a variety of show participants and other veterans.

 Friday we were very honored to have veterans come watch our mass formation practice for the Salute to the Veterans Air Show. Early the next morning, weather started to roll in, but we were able to get our full show off before the rain came pouring down on us. We waited for quite awhile on stand by for our opportunity to perform our second jump of the day. The clouds were hanging over head, but determinedly we took off in our C-31 Friendship Fokker, modified our show and performed for those that patiently awaited the gloomy weather out.

  The robust dark layer of clouds cleared over night and gave us a great day on Sunday to perform our full show and a mass formation to close out the air show. The weekend was over but we still had one thing left to do. We had the privilege to jump into the start of the infamous Columbia Memorial Day Parade. The team did a show line spread down Broadway Street in front of hundreds of cheering fans and landed throughout the downtown intersections just prior to the start of the parade. After completing the jump, the team joined the patriotic parade before heading to the opening ceremonies.

  The team would like to thank the City of Columbia, Ms Mary Posner and the great people who made his weekend possible.

SSG Jon  Clevenger

 

SFC Brian Karst getting help packing his parachute

SFC Brian Karst getting help packing his parachute

Salute To Veterans Parade

Salute To Veterans Parade

Sgt Blake Gaynor

SGT Blake Gaynor

     

 

Gold Demonstration Team Led by SFC Dustin Peregrin

Gold Demonstration Team
Led by SFC Dustin Peregrin

 

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