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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The Black Demonstration Team Jumped into the 65th Armed Forces Day Celebration

 

SSG David Echeverry was the first demonstrator to jump in the American Flag and he then narrated the rest of the show for his team.

SSG David Echeverry was the first demonstrator to jump in the American Flag and he then narrated the rest of the show for his team.

Members of the Black Team performed at the Fayetteville’s Veteran’s Park this past weekend

for the 65th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration.There was approximately 800 participants that went on the bike run this year.  

SSG Echeverry narrating the demonstraton.

SSG Echeverry narrating the demonstraton.

 

An excited audience cheers as the jumpers come in.

An excited audience cheers as the jumpers come in.

SSG Clark and biggest fan

SSG Clark and biggest fan

CSM Thomas Holland watching the team as they come in to the drop zone.

CSM Thomas Holland watching the team as they come in to the drop zone.

 

SSG Sloan and MSG Cooley signing autographs for Veterans.

SSG Sloan and MSG Cooley signing autographs for Veterans.

SPC Luke Olk and PFC Wenger sign autographs for visiting veterans

SPC Luke Olk and PFC Wenger sign autographs for visiting veterans

SSG Hackett, MSG Cooley and SSG Sloan taking photo with fans

SSG Hackett, MSG Cooley and SSG Sloan taking photo with fans

 

MSG Cooley, Luc Looley and Black Team

MSG Cooley, Luc Cooley and Black Team

Lining up for the target

Lining up for the target

Pyro exit

Pyro exit

 

                                                                                                                            It was a great honor to be able to perform in our hometown and continue to be the ambassadors for the

US Army as well as Soldiers past and present who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

The team had the honor of jumping with MSG Charles Cooley to log his last jump as a Golden Knights.

We wish MSG Cooley the best as he transitions into civilian life.

 Black team begins their preparation this week as they head to

Jones Beach, NY this weekend. SSG Bixler

 

SSG Clark jumps in thae Army Star Camopu

SSG Clark jumps in the Army Star Canopy

US Army Parachute Team,Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team

US Army Parachute Team,Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team

SSG Chris Clark hits dead center the target

SSG Chris Clark hits dead center the target

 

MSG Charles Cooley making his last local jump prior to his retirement

MSG Charles Cooley making his last local jump prior to his retirement

 

 

Black Demonstration Team CSM Thomas Holland and MSG Charles Cooley

Black Demonstration Team CSM Thomas Holland and MSG Charles Cooley

 

POW/MIA Flag

POW/MIA Flag

Jumping pyro at dusk with the NC Flad

Jumping pyro at dusk with the NC Flag

 

 

Team Six Leads The Way

  SSG Adrian Hill Exits, While Firebirds Fly Along our C-31's Wing TipsGreetings from the flight line here at Pope Army Airfield.  The Aviation Detachment continues supporting the absolute best paratroopers in the world.  We have two air shows under our belt for the 2014 season having recently completed the show at Travis Air Force Base, CA, and returning today from Lakehurst, NJ.  Of course we continue supporting local demonstrations and outreach projects to further connect the American People with America’s Army.    

  Many members of the public fly on commercial and public use aircraft but rarely have the opportunity to look at the maintenance that goes into keeping the fleet in top notch condition.

  This week we decided to snap a few pictures of the maintenance checks being performed on the C-31 Fokker, tail number 607 affectionately known as “Excalibur”.Excaliber

 

 

 

Both C-31 aircraft operated by the United States Army Parachute Team were acquired in 1985 and are pushing 30 years of service.  Both aircraft have in excess of 14,500 hours of total use thus far and over 15,000 landings.  These aircraft have a life span limited to 90,000 landings, and although they are technically in their infancy with regards to their service life, the rapid retirement of F27 from commercial use worldwide make the supply chain for spare parts a limited resource.  With 15,000 landings thus far, inspection of the landing gear system is a continuing process that we trust to our maintenance partners of Kay and Associates.  Below is a picture of the left side of the aircraft with the jack stand fully supporting a third of the total weight of around 28,000 pounds.jack

 

 

 

  Placing an aircraft on jacks requires maintenance professionals who are experts in the procedures.  Kay and Associates, as the team contract maintainers have a team of experts who have worked on this aircraft since it arrived at the team in 1985.  Testing the landing gear is a routine procedure for these professionals but the same level of attention to the procedure is given each and every time.  In the picture below, one mechanic observes cockpit indications while two additional mechanics check and recheck systems before the landing gear is brought to the up position during testing.

gearcheck  Excalibur gets new shoes and a close inspection of the nose gear. 

Typically, the aircraft weighs in excess of 42,000 pounds when fully loaded and departing for an air show.  While taxing, pilots use a small wheel located near each pilots knee that functions much like a car steering wheel.  Prior to take off, the crew unlocks the flight controls and the copilot maintains control of the yoke and the pilot flying steers the airplane down the runway using a combination of rudder and the nose wheel steering.  At 60 knots of airspeed, the pilot flying takes control of the aircraft from the copilot effecting a smooth transition from the runway to powered flight.  Flying the Fokker is a delicate balance of technique and crew coordination.

 

 

 Jackstand All aircraft are maintained according to factory specifications.  The US Army Parachute Team operates the only C-31 (Fokker F27) aircraft in the United States.  Aircraft of this type and design were used for many years by FedEx, Piedmont Airlines, and others as reliable commuter and freight carrying aircraft.

 

 

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