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

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

The US Army Golden Knights Drop In To Dayton

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US Army Golden Knights - Vectren Dayton Airshow 2015

After circling over Dayton, Ohio for 20 minutes, a jumper yells “HOT TARGET!” Having carefully watched streamers show them the intensity of the winds and having also monitored the movements of the first jumper who carried the American flag, all of their checks were complete and one by one they jumped from 12,500 feet. In the blink of an eye, they’re hundreds of feet from the plane in free-fall. These are the US Army Golden Knights, the best of the best at parachute jumping.

US Army Golden Knights - Vectren Dayton Airshow 2015US Army Golden Knights - Vectren Dayton Airshow 2015

Formed in 1959 by nineteen airborne soldiers, the team was originally known as the Strategic Army Corps Sport Parachute Team. It later became the Army’s official aerial demonstration team in 1961, and picked up the nickname Golden Knights in 1962. Over the last 53 years, the team has performed over 16,000 times in all 50 United States and 48 different countries. The airshow portion of the Golden Knights is comprised of two 12-member teams: the Gold and the Black teams, representing the colors of the US Army. Each team flies in a Fokker C-31A Friendship jump aircraft, the only two in the country. This year, it was the Black team that performed in Dayton.

US Army Golden Knights - Vectren Dayton Airshow 2015US Army Golden Knights - Vectren Dayton Airshow 2015

Before the flight, each team member remained calm and relaxed. Some drank Gatorade and socialized with other team members, while others took quick naps in the back of the plane. As show-time drew near, they began their usual routine. One team member read off the briefing on a piece of laminated paper. When this was complete, they split off and began practicing their routine by walking through it on the grass. For the formation jumpers this involved locking arms and twirling in the grass just like they would in free-fall. For the solo jumpers: a short walk. Just before boarding the plane they grouped in a circle for some motivational words, like a sports team just before the big game. We took our seats in the plane, strapped in, and were ready to go.

They warned us that at the altitudes we would be flying at, hypoxia could become an issue due to the air becoming thinner. Ironically the worst air we inhaled was on the ground while the engines were started up and the pilots performed their checks. The doors stayed open for the entire operation, from pre-flight to landing. This meant the lovely smell of engine exhaust for a few solid minutes. Fresh air flowed into the fuselage as we taxied out and made our way to the runway where we took off without hesitation.

US Army Golden Knights - Vectren Dayton Airshow 2015

It didn’t take long into the flight for team members to start looking out the plane to analyze their jump. While members of the media were strapped in and instructed not to touch their lap belt until the plane had landed and the engines had stopped, the Golden Knights walked freely throughout the cabin. Some gazed out the door as the aircraft circled over the air-field. Some went near the cockpit to talk among themselves. Some used the bathroom tucked away in a small door in the aft end of the plane: a small cabinet-sized room smaller than a port-o-potty. How they managed that with a parachute backpack on is beyond me.

The team uses streamers to determine how the winds are behaving. They are lightweight paper attached to an aluminum rod, designed to fall at the same rate as the parachutes worn by the jumpers. Each jumper’s goal is to land on a small target about a foot in diameter for a “tip-toe” landing from as high as 12,500 feet. A team member throws the streamers out the door exactly over the target, and watches as they drift on their way down. If they drift one mile to the east, the team will aim to deploy their parachutes one mile to the west of the target so that the winds will naturally carry them right to it. Once they’re released, the aircraft banks into a continuous turn so that the streamers remain in sight. Even in banked turns, the jumpers crouch near the open door, carefully watching for the effects of the winds.

US Army Golden Knights - Vectren Dayton Airshow 2015

After the streamer drop, the aircraft climbed a few thousand more feet and soon the first jumper of the day was ready to go. As quick as a blink, the jumper saluted, hopped sideways, and was immediately pulled away by the wind. He activated the smoke canister attached to his boot almost immediately to help the spectators on the ground below follow his fall. With that, the show was officially kicked off! We continued to climb and eventually lost sight of the jumper, but a circle of smoke was clearly visible over the airfield: it was Matt Younkin’s Beech-18 circling him during the National Anthem. Once he landed he took the microphone and began narrating the rest of the team’s performance.

US Army Golden Knights - Vectren Dayton Airshow 2015US Army Golden Knights - Vectren Dayton Airshow 2015

The temperature drops approximately 3-4 degrees Fahrenheit for every 1,000 feet of altitude gained, meaning it was cold at 12,500 feet. On this particular June day in the mid-70’s, temperatures in the aircraft reached near or below freezing temperatures. The air is also noticeably thinner; I could feel myself taking deeper breaths than usual. Even with gloves on I began to breathe warm air onto my fingertips (although this was still nothing compared to the Michigan/Wisconsin winters I’ve grown used to). None of this seemed to phase any of the jumpers who would soon also face a 120 mph wind chill during free fall.

Above each door is a pair of lights: one red that reads “CAUTION” and one green that reads “DROP – JUMP”. Most of the flight featured a red light, but it changed to green as we neared the target on a hot run. The jumpers who weren’t sticking their heads out the door sat patiently in their seats just like us passengers. One Knight smiled at me and showed me his altimeter which read 12.5 (measured in thousands). Just like the first jumper, the remaining team members stood next to the door, gave a salute, jumped sideways, and were gone in the blink of an eye. We turned away to get ready for our descent and as I looked down at the airfield I saw four tiny dots with pink smoke trailing from them. I’ve watched many Golden Knights performances in the past but I’ve never looked down at them!

As we descended it got warm. Fast. We reached a point where the humidity hit us hard and fogged up all of our camera equipment. The warm and humid air was refreshing for a good five minutes, and then the winter coats we were wearing became quite uncomfortable. The jumpers obviously landed well before us and by the time we finished taxiing back the next airshow act was already in the air.

US Army Golden Knights - Vectren Dayton Airshow 2015

This year the Golden Knights will be performing at 26 shows/events. I hope you will be able to witness at least one performance! I would like to thank the team and the Dayton Airshow for allowing me the opportunity to fly with them and witness their performance up close. And, as they announce at the conclusion of each performance; May your days be prosperous, and your nights Golden!