Three Golden Knights Injured In Training Accident; Two In Critical Condition

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Three members of the US Army Golden Knights parachute team remain hospitalized tonight after they were injured early this morning during a pre-dawn training jump at Homestead ARB near Miami. The incident occurred right around 4am, when two of the soldiers were airlifted and the third was transported by ambulance. Two remain in critical condition and one is in serious condition.

Very little information is being made public pending the notification of families, but ABC 11 in North Carolina obtained a call to 911 describing spinal injuries including “loss of sensation and movement”.

The team is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, but conducts winter training at Homestead prior to each airshow season. Their first performance is scheduled for the end of March. They routinely jump into events at night, and all indications are that they were practicing such a jump when something went wrong.

This is the most serious incident involving the Golden Knights since Sgt. First Class Corey Hood was killed during a performance at the Chicago Air and Water Show in 2015. He collided with a another jumper and lost consciousness before hitting the ground.

Our thoughts go out to the injured jumpers as well as their team mates and families. We hope they make a ful recovery and join us at airshows very soon!

US Army Golden Knights 2019 Schedule Released

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Here is the 2019 airshow schedule for the US Army Golden Knights! Will you see them in 2019? Let us know! Post in the AirshowStuff Forums or on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

Please note that the initial schedule includes many open dates that will likely be filled. The Golden Knights have two performance teams, the Black Team and the Gold Team, so they can appear at two events simultaneously. The schedule does not specify which team will perform where.

Schedules often change during the year – for the latest updates please be sure to check our forums!

2019 US Army Golden Knights Appearance Schedule

March 26: Women’s Leadership Event – Fort Knox, KY
March 30-31: Wings over Solano – Travis AFB, CA

April 13-14: Thunder Over Louisville – Louisville, KY
April 19: Operation Patriot – Boston, MA

May 25-26: Jones Beach Airshow – Wantaugh, NY
May 25-26: Miami Air and Sea Show – Miami, FL

June 22: Inland Northwest Skyfest – Fairchild AFB, WA
June 22-23: Dayton Airshow –- Dayton, OH

July 3: Dubuque JayCees Radio Airshow and Fireworks – Dubuque, IA
July 6-7: KC Airshow – Kansas City, MO
July 13-14:Gary Air and Water Show – Gary, IN
July 20-21: Amelia Earhart Women in Aviation Celebration – Archeon, KS
July 27-28: Milwaukee Air and Water Show – Milwaukee, WI
July 27-28: Grand Junction City Airshow – Grand Junction, CO

August 17-18: 61st Chicago Air and Water Show – Chicago, IL
August 21: Atlantic City Thunder Over the Boardwalk – Atlantic City, NJ
August 31-September 1: Cleveland Airshow – Cleveland, OH

September 28-29: MCAS Miramar Airshow – MCAS Miramar, CA

October 19-20: Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Airshow – Fort Worth, TX

AirVenture 2018 To Highlight Skydiving With Unique Performances

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Parachutes at EAA AirVenture

EAA announced a new focal point at the 2018 AirVenture airshow today – skydiving! The annual event, known to many simply as “Oshkosh”, will feature several different types of skydiving demonstrations this year. The Patriot Parachute Team, a regular at AirVenture, will perform their usual ‘flag jump’ to open the show, as well as a nighttime pyrotechnic routine during the night airshow. The Red Bull Air Force will demonstrate a low-altitude “BASE”-style jump from the Red Bull helicopter, and show off their highly maneuverable wingsuits alongside Kirby Chambliss’ Edge 540. The Vertical Elite group will be featured during the night airshow as well, using colorful LEDs on their suits to light up the sky. Perhaps the coolest performance will come from the International Skydiving Museum Eagles, a group of more than 100 jumpers who assemble into massive formations during freefall.

The article does not mention if the group will attempt to claim a new record for most jumpers in formation after 108 skydivers calling themselves “Eagles Over Oshkosh” set the Wisconsin state record during AirVenture 2015 appearance. They were attempting to grab the world record. Director of AirVenture Air Show Operations Dennis Dunbar says that fan reaction to that appearance was a driving force behind the 2018 focus. You can watch for yourself in our video below!

Make sure to add your thoughts, get information, and share photos in the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 thread on our forum

Here is the full text of the EAA press release:

March 29, 2018 – A number of skydiving activities are scheduled to take place during the afternoon and night air shows on Wednesday, July 25, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, celebrating an area of aviation that has been less prevalent at AirVenture in the past.

“While skydiving has always been a part of AirVenture, the reaction to the mass parachute jump demonstration in 2015 reinforced a desire to see more of the diverse methods people use to depart ‘perfectly good aircraft’ and ultimately land with a parachute,” said Dennis Dunbar, director of AirVenture air show operations.

The Patriot Parachute Team will kick off the afternoon air show and the day’s skydiving activities, putting on a patriotic display of the American flag during the national anthem. In a second act, the team will demonstrate what it takes to be an elite U.S. Navy SEAL, and a member of one of the premier skydiving demonstration teams in the nation. The team will also perform a pyrotechnics routine in the night air show, highlighting maneuvers only their team has ever performed.

The International Skydiving Museum Eagles, named in honor of the Eagles aerobatic team, includes 100-plus jumpers from more than 10 countries. They will perform massive and intricately patterned formations, aweing crowds as they break away with lateral speeds of more than 70 mph and vertical speeds of 120 mph before their parachutes pop open.

The Red Bull Air Force will amaze crowds day and night with cutting-edge demonstrations and an AirVenture-first low-altitude base jump from the famous Red Bull helicopter. The Red Bull Air Force wingsuit pilots will demonstrate their maneuverability and flights made famous in motion pictures, while the Red Bull helicopter and Kirby Chambliss in his Red Bull Edge 540 fly formation aerobatics with the wingsuits.

Vertical Elite will streak across the night sky from miles above the ground in a sensational show. Diving with their heads toward the Earth, they will accelerate to 170 mph, with formations of skeletal LED visuals and pyrotechnics lighting up the sky before they land feet from our night air show attendees.

“We have gone out and found the most talented teams and individuals that represent their facet of skydiving and have gathered them in Oshkosh to put on a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what skydiving has to offer,” Dennis said.

US Army Golden Knights 2018 Schedule Released

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US Army Golden Knights

Here is the 2018 airshow schedule for the US Army Golden Knights! Will you see them in 2018? Let us know! Post in the AirshowStuff Forums or on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

Please note that the initial schedule includes many open dates that will likely be filled. The Golden Knights have two performance teams, the Black Team and the Gold Team, so they can appear at two events simultaneously. The schedule does not specify which team will perform where.

Schedules often change during the year – for the latest updates please be sure to check our forums!

2018 Appearance Schedule – US Army Golden Knights

April 14-15: Tusacloosa Regional Airshow – Tuscaloosa, AL
April 21-22: Thunder Over Louisville – Louisville, KY

May 5-6: Japan Friendship Day – MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
May 12-13: Millville Wheels and Wings Airshow – Millville, NJ
May 26-27: Bethpage Airshow at Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY
May 26-27: Miami Air and Sea Show – Miami, FL

June 2-3: Greenwood Lake Airshow – West Milford, NJ
June 2-3: Pocono 400 (NASCAR Race) – Long Pond, PA
June 16-17: College World Series – Omaha, NB
June 16-17: NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals/Army Birthday Event – Bristol, TN
June 23-24: Vectren Dayton Airshow – Dayton, OH
June 23-24: Greater Binghamton Airshow – Binghamton, NY
June 30-July 1: Yankee Stadium – New York City, NY

July 4: Fair St. Louis – St. Louis, MO
July 4: Radio Dubuque Jaycees Airshow – Dubuque, IA
July 7-8: Duluth Airshow – Duluth, MN
July 21-22: Milwaukee Air and Water Show – Milwaukee, WI
July 21-22: Gulf Coast Salute to Military Airshow – Biloxi, MS
July 28-29: Westmoreland County Airshow – Latrobe, PA
July 28-29: Yankee Stadium – New York City, NY

August 4-5: Pro Football Hall of Fame Game – Canton, OH
August 15: Centennial Celebration/SummerFest – New Cumberland, PA
August 18-19: Chicago Air and Water Show – Chicago, IL
August 22: Thunder Over the Boardwalk – Atlantic City, NJ

September 1-3: NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals – Indianapolis, IN
September 1-3: Cleveland National Airshow – Cleveland, OH
September 8-9: McConnell AFB Open House – McConnell AFB, KS
September 22-23: California Capital Airshow – Sacramento, CA
September 22-23: Army vs. Oklahoma Football Game/OU ROTC Centennial – Norman, OK
September 29-30: MCAS Miramar Airshow – MCAS Miramar, CA

October 6-7: Army Ten-Miler – Washington, DC
October 13-14: Yeager Airport and WV Air Guard 70th Anniversary Airshow – Charleston, WV

November 17-18: Andalusia-OPP Airshow – Andalusia, AL

Member Of US Navy Leap Frogs Killed After Parachute Malfunction At New York Fleet Week

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US Navy Leap Frog Remington Peters
US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Bram

UPDATE 5/29/17: The fallen Leap Frog has been identified as Special Warfare Operator First Class Remington Peters. He was 27 years old.

US Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team

ORIGINAL POST: A member of the US Navy “Leap Frogs” parachute team has died after an incident near New York City just after noon today. The team was performing as part of Fleet Week New York, and was jumping into Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. During the jump, one team member’s parachute malfunctioned and he fell into the water after cutting away from it. It is unclear at what altitude this occurred and if he attempted to open his reserve canopy.

The jumper was immediately retrieved from the water and taken to a nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead at 1:10pm. The name of the jumper is being withheld so that next of kin can be notified, but we will update this post when it is released.

Our thoughts go out to all of the Leap Frogs as they mourn their teammate.

2017 Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team Schedule

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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

Mobile, Alabama

El Centro, California

Fontana, California

Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

San Diego, California

Memphis, Tennessee

New York City, New York

JUNE 16-18 – SAIL BOSTON 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pensacola Beach, Florida

Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Detroit, Michigan

Brooklyn, Michigan

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Memphis, Tennessee

Salt Lake City, Utah

San Francisco, California

Fort Worth, Texas

Ft. Pierce, Florida

Stuart, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

US Army Golden Knights 2017 Schedule Released

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

This photo posted by 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.