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

 

Gold Team Clears the Skies Over Cape Girardeaux

 

 13,500 feet above Cape Girardeaux

13,500 feet above Cape Girardeaux

On Friday evening, the Gold demonstration team started the weekend by jumping into the Lawless Harley dealership of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Lawless Harley provides tremendous support to the community to make this airshow possible. SGT Blake Gaynor stepped out of the teams C-31 Friendship at exactly 7:30 pm to start the show. SGT Gaynor narrated the rest of the team demonstration. Shortly after,the remaining jumpers conducted a mass formation, which is just one of the many formations possible to achieve while in free fall.

SGT Blake Gaynor bringing in the American Flag

SGT Blake Gaynor bringing in the American Flag

After a dreary rainy week in Cape Girardeau, we woke up to partly clear blue skies and promising weather for a good weekend. The gloomy clouds that lingered around for the first jump of the day cleared up before we headed back up to altitude to complete our full show. All the maneuvers were performed including the demanding diamond track. SPC Daniel Osorio closed the show out and the team headed over to the Army recruiting booth to pack our parachutes in the audience and to sign autographs.

 Sunday morning, brilliant blue skies brought another full day at the air show. We were able to have another successful day with a morning formation jump and an afternoon full show. SSG Brandon Parra narrated the Sunday afternoon full show and closed out the weekend for the team.

 The team would like to thank the Cape Girardeau community for their support and hospitality. We look forward to returning next year. SSG Clevenger

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