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

The 2017 Lethbridge International Air Show Was One To Remember

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

The biennial Lethbridge International Air Show returned in 2017 as a highlight worth catching in Southern Alberta and Western Canada. With a full list of performers of all types and a static display that was impressive to say the least, the July 15-16 weekend was well spent in Lethbridge.

Friday – Night Show

Friday’s schedule started late to allow for a twilight show, something which is thankfully becoming more common. The show began with the United States Army Golden Knights jumping in at the start of golden hour. Shortly after they landed, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds took to the skies for yet another excellent performance, even with one ship missing. With light fading, the Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster III powered down the runway and bolted into the sky. Geoff Latter in his Nanchang CJ-6 “Nancy” followed, then the United States Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog” mini-demo with some up-close and impressive pyro. Canada’s own Pete McLeod of Red Bull Air Racing fame tumbled through the sky just before Mark Peterson in his Dornier AlphaJet demonstrated how high-performance a non-afterburning jet can be. Greg “Wired” Colyer in his T-33 Shooting Star “Ace Maker II” kept it low and fast ahead of Jerry Conley in his beautiful de Havilland DH-115 Vampire “Vampy ‘Too’.” Just before the sun began to set, the Golden Knights fit in their full routine.

US Army Golden Knights - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017de Havilland DH-115 Vampire "Vampy Too" - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

The highlight of the show was certainly the last demo, and one the crowds were waiting for: the CF-18 Hornet. The Hornet, with afterburners lighting up the runway, burnt a trail across the then night sky. Before finishing his routine, Bill Braack in the Smoke-N-Thunder Jetcar took to the runway and challenged the Hornet to a race, of which the outcome was undetermined by most spectators due to the enormous and impressive wall of fire that lit the grounds and sky as they crossed the finished line.

While the flying had finished and most were filing out of the show, a smaller, less-appreciated setting had been set on the static display. Folks on their way off of the airport were treated to the numerous aircraft on the static line lit up by large, portable lights, providing a unique and often unseen view as the last bit of light faded from the day into the dark.

CAF CF-18 Hornet - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017CAF Snowbirds - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

Saturday – Full Show

This was the first and only day to show the full line-up of performers in the light of day. Attendance was noticeably high, despite the winds and approaching weather that persisted throughout the day. Nearly all performers were able to fit in their routines without issue. The Golden Knights were able to complete their first jump (which we were graciously allowed to observe from the aircraft), but unable to finish their second due to the winds. This prompted Transport Canada to monitor the approaching storm, and once it closed within 1 km, the show was postponed for a mandatory evacuation of the grounds. Shortly after, lightning struck the end of the runway. By then, the NOTAM set to secure the airspace for the performers was too near its end to continue the show, and the decision was made to cancel the remainder of the acts (CF-18 and Snowbirds).

Pete McLeod (Red Bull Air Racer) - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017Mustang High Flight - Dornier AlphaJet - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

Sunday – Mini-Show

With the same hours as the full show, but with select performances, the mini-show was intended to give first-time attendees a taste of what an air show is like. The winds were still high throughout the day, resulting in the Golden Knights cancelling their demo that afternoon. The acts that did still take the sky included the CC-177, T-33, AlphaJet, Vampire, A-10, CAF Snowbirds, CJ-6, and CF-18.

RCAF CC-177 Globemaster III - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

Statics

Certainly the aerial performers were worth the admission, but just as equally the static displays that attended proved worthwhile. All of the aircraft on the website’s listing of confirmed attendees showed up except the Transport Canada National Aerial Surveillance Dash 8. In a surprise filling of the Dash 8’s vacancy, a US Navy E-6B Mercury airborne command post and communications relay aircraft from Tinker AFB, Oklahoma came to the show. Additionally, a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 from 410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron, nicknamed the “Cougars,” with a special 75th anniversary painted tail joined the many heavies on the line. The show had a total of three C-17s on display, with one from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Altus AFB, Oklahoma, and a CC-177 from CFB Trenton, Ontario.

USMC MV-22 Osprey on static - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017USN E-6B Mercury on static - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

With a few hiccups throughout the weekend due to weather and other elements out of the show’s control, the 2017 Lethbridge International Air Show was able to impress with a stellar line-up of performers and a static display most shows would envy. We at AirshowStuff would like the thank the Lethbridge International Air Show Association and its volunteers for putting on this year’s show. We’d also like to thank Kim and Trina Tymko of Prime Rentals Ltd. for their sponsorship of the air show and help in coordinating our visit. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019!

Look for much more coverage of this great event on our Facebook page and Youtube channel as we work through a mountain of content!

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

US Army Golden Knights 2016 Schedule Released

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US Army Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team

Here is the 2016 airshow schedule for the United States Army Golden Knights! Will you see them in 2016? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

Remember that there are two teams for the Golden Knights, some some dates list two shows. It is not clear at this time which team is performing where but we will add that info once we have it.

April
2-3 Luke AFB, Arizona
4-6 Lakeland, Florida
9-10 Mobile, Alabama
23-24 Langley AFB, Virginia

May
7-8 Manassas, Virginia
14-15 Sumter, South Carolina / Chesterfield, Missouri
21-22 Latrobe, Pennsylvania / Torrance, California

June
11-12 Syracuse, New York / Claremore, Oklahoma
18-19 Gaylord, Michigan / Rockford, Illinois
25-26 Hill AFB, Utah / Huntsville, Alabama

July
2-4 Battle Creek, Michigan / Dubuque, Iowa
9-10 Gary, Indiana / Duluth, Minnesota
16-17 Milwaukee, Wisconsin / Florennes, Belgium
23-24 Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
30-31 JB Elmendorf, Alaska

August
6-7 Seattle, Washington / Cranbrook, British Columbia
17 Atlantic City, New Jersey
20-21 Chicago, Illinois / JB Lewis-McChord, Washington

September
3-4 Cleveland, Ohio
10-11 Waukegan, Illinois / Sacramento, California / Sanicole/Kleine, Belgium
17-18 Durango, Colorado / Coshocton, Ohio
24-25 Salinas, California

October
1-2 Lincon, Alabama
8-9 Daytona Beach, Florida / Lincoln, California
29-30 Patuxent River, Virginia / San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.

[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
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.

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!