Irvine landingWEBOn Monday July 7, 2014, a former British Sailor tandem-jumped with SFC Jon Ewald and the Army Parachute Team, “Golden Knights,” as part of his and his teams visit to Fort Bragg, N.C. This former sailor is the boisterous Robert Irvine of the Food Networks Restaurant: Impossible.

“Wild, Golden Knights-Irvine, Wild”-exclaimed Irvine.

Serving veterans and veteran organizations is a personal mission for Irvine, who joined the British Royal Navy when he was 15. A native of England, Robert joined the British Royal Navy at the age of 15, and his skills in the kitchen soon came to the attention of his superiors. As part of his service for the Royal Navy, Robert was selected to work aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, where the royal family and its entourages regularly dined.

During his time training U.S. Navy chefs as part of a guest chef program, Robert worked in the White House kitchens and his creations were served to high-ranking government officials. During his career, he has also had the opportunity to serve 6,000 servicemen and women on a U.S. aircraft carrier and plan the menu for a celebrity-studded after-party at the Academy Awards.

As a part of his most recent Restaurant: Impossible mission, fixing up the old Green Beret Club that has been around since the early 1940’s at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Mr. Irvine received the amazing honor of being allowed to jump with the world-renowned, Golden Knights. Once suited up and ready to jump out of a plane at 12,000 feet, Mr. Irvine had these words to say to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces:

“Let me tell you all, the men and women of our Armed Forces. I got to tell you ‘Thank You’ cause you’re allowing me to have the freedom and God bless you all. I’m going to tell you this, as long as there is breath in my lungs, I will not let America forget each and any one of you. God bless you all.”

A few days later on July 10, 2014 Irvine’s spouse Gail Kim, a 4-time Total Nonstop Action Impact Wrestling Women’s Champion and former World Wrestling Entertainment Women’s Champion, put on a flight suit and harness, climbed into the one of the teams Viking Twin Otter’s and had this to say, “It feels like we’re already really high.”

After reaching an altitude of 13,000 feet, Tandem Team Leader SFC Joe Jones and Gail jumped from their aircraft, free-falled and glided into a standup landing. Gail then expressed herself with “I did it, I did it, I did it…the only way I’d ever do it (skydive) cause it’s the safest way (with the Golden Knights). I don’t even know how to describe it, you just have to do it!”

By Jerry Morrison



Gold Team Celebrates the 4th in Dubuque, Iowa

Golden Knights at Cape Girardeau Regional Airfest 2015  Gold Demonstration Team had a busy week in the great city of Dubuque, Iowa. The team shared in the Independence Day festivities that were capped off with the Dubuque Jaycees Airshow and Fireworks on July, 3rd. The first show of the trip was at Kennedy Mall. Local recruiters had booths set up with displays and games, along with a jump house for the kids. SGT Sherri Jo Gallagher brought the American Flag into the 100ftx100ft landing area to start the show and narrated for the rest of her team, as they performed the Stack-Out Maneuver from 2,500 feet. Following the jump, the team had the privilege of meeting the wonderful people of Dubuque, as well as letting the kids at the show pack the jumpers parachutes for the next day.

July 3rd started bright and early with a demonstration jump into the Dairy Queen/Kwik Stop parking lot. Paradise Skydives, Inc. was kind to fly their CASA jump plane for the Gold Team’s first jump of the day. SSG Mike Cook proudly flew the American Flag in for the awaiting crowd. Following this, Gold Team executed the Track-Out Maneuver, where eight jumpers exit the aircraft and make a huge bomb burst in the sky with their smoke trails. The beautiful weather made the Black and Gold parachutes light up as the team came in for soft landings onto the target. The awesome people of Dubuque once again assisted the team with packing their parachutes for the jumps later that evening.

The Gold Demonstration Team had the honor of opening and closing the Dubuque Jaycees Airshow and Fireworks at McDonald Park. The first show of the evening was a full show and was full of excitement! SGT Blake Gaynor was the first jumper and narrated the rest of the team as they performed three different maneuvers. The first was the Baton Pass, followed by an extremely precise Diamond Track, and finally SFC Dustin Peregrin led the rest of the team in with the World Famous Diamond Formation. Upon landing, the team quickly grabbed their parachutes, packed up for their next performance, and jumped back into the plane.

The last performance was a night jump formation with pyrotechnics. SPC Dan Osorio headed up the jump and described the demonstration as it was taking place. The team exited out of the plane, into the darkness, at 12,500 feet. Once the team jumped from the aircraft and ignited the pyro, they flew together to form a technical formation in the sky before they turned and tracked away just prior to their openings. Once all the jumpers landed safely, the firework show began. It was a great show and an awesome week in Dubuque.

On behalf of everyone Gold Team, we would like to wish all of you a Happy Independence Day! SSG Gallagher, Photos by SSG Trey Martin

Celebrating the 4th Of July In Binghamton


Beautiful 6-Way Over Binghamton

Beautiful 6-Way Over Binghamton

For the first time in five years, the skies above the Greater Binghamton Airport in New York were once again filled with black and gold canopies, night pyrotechnics, smoke and the roaring of the engines from Team Aerodynamics and several other air show acts. The black demonstration team kicked off the weekends 4th of July air show activities by performing a mass night pyrotechnics jump from an altitude of 12,500 feet. Anxious spectators awaited the teams performance while bundled up in their winter jackets, hats, gloves and 4th of July attire. Members of the black demonstration team circled high overhead as the temperatures began to drop below freezing. Team leader, SFC Kevin Presgraves maneuvered our Army Strong C31 jump aircraft to a precise exit location for our first jumper and then gave the crossed arm signal of hot target as narrator PFC Jason Wenger awaited the thumbs up signal of “ Stand By”. The team made it’s 4th of July entrance by performing a mass formation above the airport and then streaked away from each other creating our bomb burst maneuver which looked like one big Golden Knight firework!

We were back at it the following morning as SGT Travis Downing jumped in our Nations Colors while being closely followed under canopy by our team photographer SSG Reese Pendleton . SSG Pendleton swiftly set his camera angles in order to capture SGT Downing flying the American Flag as he was circled by five of Team Aerodynamics pilots at an altitude of three thousand feet approximately1,000 feet away from him. SGT Downing narrated our second mass formation performance of the weekend as the rest of the team landed their canopies along the crowd line waving and giving high fives as they rolled up their canopies and began to walk back to our aircraft. Not only did we have the honor of opening the air show but we also closed out the weekends performances with another signature mass formation performance above a much warmer Binghamton airport than the night before. Once again every jumper landing along the crowd line allowing for hundreds of photo opportunities. SSG Shelby Bixler introduced her teammates as each of them proudly stepped forward to give a salute and closed out the show with “ In the future, may all of your days be prosperous and your Knights Golden”. Many thanks go out to premiere air show sponsor Mr. Jeff Gural (owner of Tioga Downs Casino) and thanked Dave Schultz Air Show for inviting the team back to be a part of the 4th of July celebration and air show. Black team prepares for their next performance with Dave Schultz Air Show in Reading, PA.

Blue Skies!

SSG Shelby Bixler, Photos by SSG Reese Pendleton


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