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

Daks Over Normandy Group Has 37 Aircraft Lined Up For Massive 2019 D-Day Commemoration – But They Need Your Help!

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C-47 Skytrains - Daks Over Normandy

June 6th, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on World War II, and a massive operation is underway to get dozens of warbirds over to Europe to commemorate the event. This project, focused on DC-3/C-47 transports, goes by the appropriate name “Daks Over Normandy”.

So far, the multi-national team behind Daks has lined up 37 of the historic aircraft – currently based around the world – to converge on IWM Duxford Airfield in the UK and France next spring to take part in a series of flights and reenactments. Many of the aircraft are part of a related effort called the “D-Day Squadron”, which aims to bring US-based DC-3s together for a group flight across the North Atlantic to Europe following the same routing they might have taken during the war; a long and expensive journey.

Once in the UK, the assembled force will participate in a series of flights and paradrop reenactments before flying en masse across the English Channel together to perform a massive paradrop into an original 1944 drop zone in Normandy on June 5th. It is a gathering that may never be seen again. The aircraft will then land at Caen Carpiquet Airport and base there for further flying before the event concludes.

Of course, one can’t talk warbirds without also talking money. Ferrying even one aircraft across the Atlantic will cost thousands of dollars – and that’s with an all-volunteer crew! Keeping the aircraft going through Europe will require even more funds. The entire effort relies on donations, and the D-Day Squadron is actively seeking donors to sponsor the trip for US aircraft.

At the same time, the overall Daks organization recently announced their “Adopt an Aircraft” program, which seeks corporate and private sponsors and offers promotional branding, aircraft access, and VIP events for donors.

You can learn more and show your support at DDaySquadron.org and DaksOverNormandy.com. Donations of all sizes and types are welcomed!

Please consider supporting this incredible project, and look for more coverage of the Daks next year!

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

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!

Golden Knight Injured In Chicago Collision Dies

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US Army Golden Knight Corey Hood - Dayton Airshow 2015
Sgt. First Class Corey Hood looks out the door while performing in Dayton earlier this year

The US Army Golden Knight that was injured in a mid air collision with a US Navy Leap Frog during the Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend has died of his injuries. He has been identified as 32-year-old Sgt. First Class Corey Hood. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Sgt. Hood had served in the Army for more than 10 years and earned several medals during that time. He was an Airborne Forward Observer and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming a member of the Golden Knights’ Black demonstration team. Sgt. Hood was one of the Golden Knights present when AirshowStuff’s Patrick Barron rode with the team earlier this year at the Dayton Airshow.

Sgt. First Class Corey Hood - Dayton Airshow 2015

The two parachute teams were performing together at the airshow, and the two jumpers apparently collided while splitting apart in a bomb burst maneuver. The Leap Frog suffered a broken leg and was treated by medics upon landing. Witnesses report that Sgt. Hood appeared to be under canopy but unconscious as he neared the ground. He clipped a building before falling to the sidewalk below. The Golden Knights canceled their remaining performances this weekend and initiated a safety stand down to review the incident.

Our thoughts are with Sgt. Hood’s family and friends, especially his team members.