reported 300,000 spectators during the Cleveland National Air Show. We were
not graced with favorable weather conditions throughout the weekend, but the
team stayed composed and flexible with any last minute changes made in order
to safely exit our C31 and put on a great performance!
We were scheduled to perform six shows throughout the weekend to include
three mass formation performances in addition to three full shows. One of
our full show performances was cancelled due to the winds being out of our
safety limits. However, our highly skilled pilots Mr. Al Aber and CW4 Josh
Howe landed our C31 in front of show center as the rest of the team stepped
off the plane wearing our maroon berets in preparation for a team lineup.
Our narrator SSG David Echeverry informed the crowd that we were not able to
safely perform our show that afternoon, but he was still honored to have the
opportunity to introduce his teammates that would have been performing their
We wrapped up the weekend having performed three mass shows and two low
shows. Along with our performances last weekend our tandem team teammates
SSG Rich Sloan and SSG Jon Lopez performed three tandem jumps to Q104 radio
personality Carley McChord, Dawn Kendrick from Channel 19 Cleveland, and Mr.
Raymond Brown President of the Cleveland National Air Show.
Black Team is preparing for their show into the Georgia Southern University
Football game this weekend.
Blue Skies! SSG Shelby Bixler