A Parachute Packing Demonstration Pictorial

In addition to the impressive freefall and canopy flying demonstrations that the Golden Knights do for the American Public, we also do parachute packing demonstrations. This is a great way for the Team to interact with the public, to meet the great people who watch our shows all over the country, and to get a chance to tell each of the individual team member’s Army story. Here is a parachute packing demonstration pictorial for one of those events.

SSG Aaron Figel demonstrates how to stow the brakes and reconnect the slider. Photo by SGT Jen Schaben

SSG Aaron Figel demonstrates how to stow the brakes and reconnect the slider. Photo by SGT Jen SchabenTeam leader SFC JD Berentis shows his helpers how to roll the nose for a softer opening. Photo by SGT Jen SchabenSSG Ryan Ray enlists some help to get all the air out of his canopy. Photo by SGT Jen SchabenWith all of SSG Ryan Ray's help, they each get to do about one line stow each. Photo by SGT Jen Schaben

SSG Ryan Ray gets some help with the heavy lifting. Photo by SGT Jen Schaben

SSG Ryan Ray gets some help with the heavy lifting. Photo by SGT Jen Schaben

SFC JD Berentis shows his help how to use a pull up cord to close the container. Photo by SGT Jen Schaben

SFC JD Berentis shows his help how to use a pull up cord to close the container. Photo by SGT Jen Schaben

Almost done! SSG Ryan Ray demonstrates how to fold the pilot chute. Photo by SGT Jen Schaben

Almost done! SSG Ryan Ray demonstrates how to fold the pilot chute. Photo by SGT Jen Schaben

Ready to go! SSG Reese Pendleton shows one of the new packers how to put on the freshly packed parachute. Photo by SGT Jen Schaben

Ready to go! SSG Reese Pendleton shows one of the new packers how to put on the freshly packed parachute. Photo by SGT Jen Schaben

At each event several people always ask, “So, do you actually jump them with these pack jobs?” and the answer is “Absolutely!”

Gold Team Continues the Battle with the Weather at Scott AFB, IL

SGT Chris Clark brings in his canopy for a dead center landing. Photo by Samantha Albrecht

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 Wins the Battle with the Weather

Gold Team flies a 6 way hybrid formation at the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Airshow. Photo by SSG Aaron Figel

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…)

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