2017 Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team Schedule

posted in: Parachute Team | 1

Navy Leap Frogs Schedule 2017

The US Navy Leap Frogs parachute team has announced their 2017 appearance schedule! The Leap Frogs perform at airshows, but also appear at other venues like sporting events.

Will you see the Leap Frogs in 2017? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page or our forumsand make sure you share pictures after the show!

2017 Appearance Schedule – US Navy Leap Frogs

FEBRUARY 24-26 – NAVY WEEK
Mobile, Alabama

MARCH 10-12 – EL CENTRO AIR SHOW
El Centro, California

MARCH 26 – NASCAR AUTO CLUB 400
Fontana, California

APRIL 3-5 – NAVY WEEK
Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi

APRIL 7 – PHILLIES HOME OPENER
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

APRIL 9 – PADRES HOME OPENER
San Diego, California

MAY 12-14 – NAVY WEEK
Memphis, Tennessee

MAY 26-29 – FLEET WEEK
New York City, New York

JUNE 16-18 – SAIL BOSTON 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

JUNE 23-25 – NAVY WEEK
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

JULY 8 – PENSACOLA BEACH AIR SHOW
Pensacola Beach, Florida

JULY 17-19 – NAVY WEEK
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

JULY 26-29 – FRONTIER DAYS
Cheyenne, Wyoming

AUGUST 12 – TIGERS BASEBALL GAME
Detroit, Michigan

AUGUST 13 – PURE MICHIGAN 400
Brooklyn, Michigan

AUGUST 16 – CUBS BASEBALL GAME
Chicago, Illinois

AUGUST 19-20 – CHICAGO AIR AND WATER SHOW
Chicago, Illinois

SEPTEMBER 8-9 – SOUTHERN HERITAGE CLASSIC
Memphis, Tennessee

SEPTEMBER 15-17 – NAVY WEEK
Salt Lake City, Utah

OCTOBER 6-8 – FLEET WEEK AIR SHOW
San Francisco, California

OCTOBER 20-22 – NAVY WEEK
Fort Worth, Texas

NOVEMBER 3-5 – SEAL MUSTER
Ft. Pierce, Florida

NOVEMBER 3-5 – STUART AIR SHOW 2017
Stuart, Florida

NOVEMBER 10-12 – NAS PENSACOLA OPEN HOUSE – BLUE ANGELS HOMECOMING AIR SHOW
Pensacola, Florida

DECEMBER 8-9 – ARMY VS. NAVY FOOTBALL GAME
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

US Army Golden Knights 2017 Schedule Released

posted in: Airshows, Parachute Team, Schedules | 0

US Army Golden Knights

Here is the 2017 airshow schedule for the United States Army Golden Knights! Will you see them in 2017? Let us know! Post on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

Remember that there are two teams for the Golden Knights, so some dates list two shows. It is not clear at this time which team is performing where.

2017 Appearance Schedule – US Army Golden Knights

Updated 2/24/17

Apr 1-2 – National High School Invitational – USA Baseball National Training Complex – Cary, NC
Apr 8 – Stoney Point Rec Center Opening – Stoney Point Recreation Center -Fayetteville, NC
Apr 22-23 – Thunder Over Louisville – Louisville, KY
Apr 22 – Fort Bragg Youth Sports Opening Event – Ritz-Epps Fitness Center – Fort Bragg, NC

Jun 3-4 – Greenwood Airshow 2017 – Greenwood-Leflore Airport – Greenwood, MS
Jun 3 – Fort Jackson Centennial Week – Hilton Field – Fort Jackson, SC
Jun 10-11 – Wings over Whiteman – Whiteman AFB, MO
Jun 10-11 – Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park- Old Bridge Township Raceway Park – Englishtown, NJ
Jun 14 – Summer Reading Extravaganza Throckmorton Library -Polo Field – Fort Bragg, NC
Jun 17-18 – College World Series Opening Ceremonies -TD Ameritrade Park – Omaha, NE
Jun 24-25 – 2017 Westmoreland County Airshow “Tribute to Arnold Palmer – Arnold Palmer Regional Airport – Latrobe, PA

Jul 1-2 – National Cherry Festival Air Show – West Grand Traverse Bay – Traverse City, MI
Jul 1-3 – Radio Dubuque/Dubuque JayCees Air Show and Fireworks – Mississippi Riverfront – Dubuque, IA
Jul 4 – Elizabethtown Founder’s Day and July 4th Celebration – Elizabethtown, KY
Jul 8-9 – Gary Air & Water Show – Gary, IN
Jul 15-16 – Milwaukee Air and Water Show – Bradford Beach – Milwaukee, WI
Jul 29-30 – New York Yankees – Yankees Stadium – Bronx, NY

Aug 19-20 – 59th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show – North Avenue Beach – Chicago, IL

Sep 2-3 – Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals -Lucas Oil Raceway – Indianapolis, IN
Sep 2-3 – Cleveland Air Show -Cleveland Airport – Cleveland, OH
Sep 13-14 – Air Force Tattoo – Joint Base Andrews – Andrews AFB, MD
Sep 14-16 – Ohio State University vs West Point – The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH
Sep 16-17 – Reading Airfest Air Show 2017 – Reading Regional Airport – Reading, PA
Sep 16-17 – Joint Base Andrews Air Show – Joint Base Andrews – Andrews AFB, MD
Sep 23-24 – MCAS Miramar Air Show – Marine Corps Air Station Miramar – San Diego, CA
Sep 23-24 – Aviation Celebration – Durango-La Plata County Airport – Durango, CO
Sep 30-Oct 1 – Vermillion Regional Air show – Vermillion Regional Airport – Danville, IL

Oct 1-2 – Talladega Superspeedway Air Fest – Talladega Superspeedway – Talladega, AL
Oct 7-8 – 2017 Aviation Roundup Air Show – Minden-Tahoe Airport – Minden, NV
Oct 7-8 – Army 10 Miler – Ft McNair – Washington D.C.
Oct 14-15 – Florida International Air Show – Punta Gorda Airport – Punta Gorda, FL
Oct 14-15 – The Great Georgia Air Show – Atlanta Motor Speedway – Peachtree City, GA

Nov 4-5 – Stuart Air Show – Witham Field Airport – Stuart, FL
Nov 11-12 – Texas Longhorns 2017 Veteran’s Day Game – Darrell K. Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium – Austin, TX

Dec 9-10 – Army/Navy Game – Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA

In The Air With The 2016 US Army Golden Knights

posted in: Airshows, Military, Parachute Team | 0

US Army Golden Knights

The Golden Knights have been dazzling crowds and representing the US Army for over fifty-seven years. The Gold and Black demonstration teams traverse the United States each season, performing at airshows, festivals, fairs, baseball games, and other special events. These jumps are designed to connect the public with soldiers they may not see otherwise and to enhance the Army’s recruitment efforts.

During the 2016 season, AirshowStuff had the unique opportunity to go up in the Golden Knights’ jump plane for two of their parachute jumps, one at the Appalachian Fair in Tennessee and the other at the Cleveland National Airshow in Ohio. The experience is unlike any other ride you may take with an airshow performer. Why? The first reason has to do with temperature. When they tell you before your flight to bring a jacket with you, they’re not kidding.

The C-31A Troopships and DHC-6-400 Twin Otters that carry the Knights (and media representatives) both have large open doors to let the jumpers out. With no insulation or heat in the cabin, the temperature drops significantly as the aircraft climbs up jump altitude at 12,500 feet above the ground. Often times, the temperature is a chilly 40-50 degrees, even in the middle of summer! Combine that with a wicked wind blasting in the open doors, and you’re going to be shivering.

US Army Golden KnightsUS Army Golden Knights

The preparation for the demonstration begins long before the aircraft leaves the ground, though. Before the flight, the jumpers line up near the rear of the aircraft and are briefed on the mission. Any special tasks or potential issues are discussed. The team will also practice how they will line up after the jump to be introduced to the crowd.

US Army Golden Knights - C-31 TroopshipUS Army Golden Knights

About 45-50 minutes before time on target, the aircraft takes off with the crew stomping to pump themselves up. Once the aircraft is in the air, it begins to climb an altitude of 2,000 feet to execute the wind drift indicator drop. These wind drift indicators allow for a visualization of the winds in the lowest thousand feet above the ground, critical for a pinpoint drop zone landing. Once the indicators have been dropped and logged, the aircraft climbs to its target altitude. This all occurs 20-30 minutes before time on target, so the aircraft often circles the target zone several times before the hot target run is called.

If an altitude of 12,500 feet is allowed by the weather, two different shows can be performed. The “mass show” entails the narrator exiting the aircraft and unfurling the American flag from his parachute. Following his jump and some pre-show narration, the rest of the team exits and joins up in one large freefall formation. The full show consists of four separate jump runs and maneuvers; the baton pass, cutaway, diamond track, and diamond formation. If a lower altitude is necessary or another issue raises concerns, the show can be altered further.

US Army Golden KnightsUS Army Golden Knights

When it’s time to jump, the jump master will give a HOT TARGET call and hand signal. This call will then be passed back from the front of the plane to the rear by all members, to ensure the message has been received. Now, it’s time to press record on the GoPros, wait for the green light, and then jump! With a loud rush of noise, the jumpers are gone and the plane is suddenly very empty. As the jumpers touch down below, the aircraft rapidly descends to land. Another show complete for the hardworking Golden Knights!

Check out the video below for a special formation jump by two members of the Golden Knights Black Team into the Appalachian Fair in Gray, TN. Thank you to both the Black and Gold demonstration teams as well as the Cleveland National Airshow!

[UPDATED] Breaking: Two Parachutists Injured At Chicago Air And Water Show

posted in: Airshows, Parachute Team | 0

UPDATE: There is still not much information available, but speculation is that the jumpers may have collided in mid-air. This would explain both injuries as well as the apparent unconscious state of the jumper that hit the building.

One of the injured jumpers at the Chicago air and Water Show 2015
Source: WGNtv.com

This photo posted by WGNtv.com shows a jumper, identified in the article as a Golden Knight, approaching a building while under an all white canopy. Gwen O’Brien, a witness, is quoted as saying that the jumper had a problem and had to use a reserve parachute. The Golden Knights are known to use all white reserve canopies, and the extra altitude lost while deploying it could explain at least in part why the jumper was so far into the city and away from the beach landing zone.

Both jumpers were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The Golden Knight is in critical condition and may be in surgery at this time. The Leap Frog’s condition is not considered critical.

ORIGINAL POST: We have received preliminary reports that two parachutists have been involved in incidents during the Chicago Air and Water Show this morning. One is confirmed to be a member of the US Navy Leap Frogs, but it is not known which team the other belongs to. Early indications are that it is a US Army Golden Knight. The two teams were scheduled to perform together, hence the confusion.

At approximately 11:00 a.m., a parachutist described with having a golden parachute crashed into a roof near 1400 Lake Shore Drive before falling to the ground. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, a witness stated “His legs caught the tip of the roof, and then he fell over. It was horrible.” “If he was only one foot closer to the roof, the maintenance guy could’ve grabbed him.” Some are saying that the parachutist appeared unconscious as he hit the roof.

Parachute Incident Scene - Chicago Air and Water Show 2015Photo by Marwa Eltagouri, Chicago Tribune

The incident with a member of the US Navy Leap Frogs also occurred on landing and resulted in the parachutist being treated and taken to a medical center at Northwestern University. Early reports indicate a broken leg.

No firm details on either injury are currently available but are being listed as serious-to-critical condition.