FLCPA Meet

  

The US Parachute Team for Canopy Piloting photo by SFC Jared Zell

The US Parachute Team for Canopy Piloting photo by SFC Jared Zell

What a week!  The Golden Knights canopy piloting team spent the last 12 days in Zephyrhills, FL competing in the final Florida Canopy Piloting Association (FLCPA) meet of the season and the USPA National Championships of Canopy Piloting. 

   The final FLCPA meet of the year was also the largest.  Just days before Nationals, Canopy Pilots from across the globe came out to fine tune their flying skills.  Over 60 competitors took to the skies making the competition a very tight race for the top spots.  A strong tail wind was the story of the day helping the competitors go faster and further than most have gone before.  By the end of the FLCPA meet SFC Greg Windmiller, SFC Joe Abeln and SFC Jared Zell all finished in the top 10 of the final five meet league standings. 

   Two days after the FLCPA wrapped up, USPA Nationals of Canopy Piloting began. Nearly 80 Competitors showed up to Skydive City for the competition.  Three rounds of each Speed, Distance and Zone Accuracy are the events for nationals.  This year was also a selection year for making the 8 person US Team for the up coming World Championships later this year also at Skydive City.  The jumpers completed five rounds of competition by the end of the first day, all three rounds of speed and two rounds of distance. The second day finished out the last four rounds.  A stiff head wind picked up for the afternoon making the final round of Zone Accuracy very challenging. 

    

SFC Joe Abeln salutes the camera on exit. Photo by Randy Swallows

SFC Joe Abeln salutes the camera on exit. Photo by Randy Swallows

When the scores were posted the Golden Knights had a lot to celebrate.  SFC Joe Abeln took a Bronze medal in Zone Accuracy and an 8th place overall finish making the US Team as an alternate.  SFC Greg Windmiller despite a shoulder injury finished a Bronze medal overall and making the US Team in 3rd place.

SFC Joe  Abeln

SFC Joe Abeln going for distance photo by Jim Harris

SFC Joe Abeln going for distance photo by Jim Harris

SFC Joe Abeln wins the Bronze Medal in Zone Accuracy photo by Jared Zell

SFC Joe Abeln wins the Bronze Medal in Zone Accuracy photo by Jared Zell

Fayetteville Swamp Dogs

 

SSG James Hackett Jumping in the American Flag to Lee Greenwoods God Bless America

SSG James Hackett Jumping in the American Flag to Lee Greenwoods God Bless America

 

The Black Demonstration Team had the honor of being able to perform a local parachute demonstration this weekend at the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs baseball game.The Fayetteville Swamps Dogs are a collegiate summer baseball team playing in the Costal Plain League since the 2001 season, when they swamped the South Division with a record of 18 wins and 8 losses.

  Eleven black team demonstrators exited our C-31 Friendship five thousand feet above JP Riddle Stadium and put on a fantastic display of our infamous stackout maneuvers followed by a biplane (canopy relative work), which was piloted by SSG Chris Clark and navigator SGT David Echeverry to close out the show.

  SSG Chris Clark jumped in the game ball and presented it to the City of Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson, who threw the first pitch into the game. It is such a great privilege to be able to jump into local venues around our prestigious All American City, which is the Home of the US Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights. It was such a great pleasure to have our friends, family and local community cheering us on as we landed our black and gold canopies in the center of the stadium.  Join us for our next stop Rockford, Illinois!

SSG Bixler

 

 

 

 

11th Annual Jones Beach Airshow

Black Yearbook 14 The Black Demonstration Team led by SFC Kevin Presgraves made their third air show appearance of the season at the 11th Annual Jones Beach Airshow in New York. It was an honor to be back in the skies again performing alongside so many prestigious acts including the US Navy Blue Angels and legendary aviation pilot Sean D. Tucker of Team Oracle.

 

The Team performs for more than 1/3 of the American Public Annually

The Team performs for more than 1/3 of the American Public Annually

 The team was welcomed back to the air show circuit at the Cradle of Aviation Museum to kick off the weekends festivities. SFC Kevin Presgraves presented a team lithograph to air show sponsor Bethpage Federal Credit Union and thanked all of the air show sponsors for inviting us back to Jones Beach, NY.

 Downing Travis SGT 14SGT Travis Downing and SGT David Flynn were the narrators for our performances on Saturday and Flynn David SGTSunday. They both had the honor of flying in our Nation’s Colors prior to our performances. During each of our narrators canopy decent into the 200 by 200 foot landing area,  Mr. Sean D. Tucker and his aerobatic dream machine circled each of them with the Team Oracle plane.

 

 

 What an honor it was to represent all Soldiers past and present in front of a record setting crowd of close to 500,000. After each of our performances this weekend we walked out of our 200 by 200 foot drop zone carrying our parachutes into a crowd of thousands of spectators. We received plenty of high fives and were thanked over and over again for our service to this wonderful Country as well as the spectacular performances. The strength of our Soldiers comes from the support we receive all across the Nation. Thank you Jones Beach!

  Black team is preparing for another local performance into the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs Minor League Baseball game this weekend and then will make their 4th air show appearance in Rockford, Illinois.   SSG Bixler  Photos by SSG Pendleton

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