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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

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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