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

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

2016 US Navy Leap Frogs Schedule

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Leap Frogs 2016 Schedule
The US Navy’s Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs have released their 2016 schedule. Will you see them at a show this year? Let us know on our Facebook page or in the comments below!

2016 Appearance Schedule

March 12 – El Centro Airshow

April 4 – San Diego, CA Padres Home Opener
April 11 – Phillies Home Opener
April 13-16 – Knoxville, TN Navy Week
April 17 – San Diego, CA Padres Military Opener
April 22-23 – Thunder over Louisville
April 30 – San Diego, CA SEAL Invitational

May 9-11 – St. Louis, MO Navy Week
May 12-13 – Newport, RI NAPS Graduation
May 20-22 – Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA Navy Week

June 17-19 – Dayton Air Show
June 21 – US Naval Academy

July 2-4 – Boston, MA
July 12 – San Diego, CA MLB All-Star Game
July 15 – San Diego, CA CA State Games
July 18-20 – Sioux Falls, SD Navy Week
July 22-25 – Cheyenne, WY Frontier Days

Aug 18-21 – Chicago Air and Water Show
Aug 26-28 – Boise, ID Navy Week

Sept 16-18 – Albuquerque, NM Navy Week
Sept 24-25 – Miramar Airshow
Sept 30- Oct 2 – Denver, CO Navy Week

Oct 7-9 – Fleet Week San Francisco
Oct 21-23 – Houston, TX Navy Week
Oct 29-30 – Arlington, VA 41st Marine Corps Marathon

Nov 4-6 – Ft. Pierce, FL SEAL Muster
Nov 4-6 – Stuart, FL Airshow
Nov 12 – Pasadena, CA UCLA vs .Oregon St.

Dec 9-10 – Baltimore, MD Army vs. Navy

Military To Increase Support For Airshows In 2016 (Part 1 – US Navy)

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US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Demonstration - Vapor Cone

Jet team schedules are not the only exciting news for fans to come out of the annual ICAS convention this week. Representatives from the US Navy and the US Air Force both gave presentations outlining their services plans for supporting airshows in 2016, and there is some very good news for fans eager to see more military involvement. Here are the important details from the Navy; we’ll cover the USAF in detail tomorrow.

US Navy F/A-18C Hornet Demonstration TeamUS Navy Legacy Flight - F4U Corsair, F/A-18F Super Hornet, T-2 Buckeye

F-18 Tactical Demonstrations

Both F/A-18C Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet tactical demonstration teams will be participating in 46 (up from 20 in 2015) airshows in 2016. As in years past, the East Coast team will come from VFA-106 at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The West Coast team will be from VFA-122 at NAS Lemoore in California. The TACDEMO teams are intending to perform only at airshows where the Blue Angels are not performing, in an effort to maximize the visibility of the Navy recruiting efforts. That said, we fully expect the VFA-106 teams to perform alongside the Blue Angels at their home show at Oceana, as they have for years. No word is given on when the TACDEMO schedules can be expected.

Legacy Flights

Not to be forgotten is the previously announced news that the Tailhook Legacy Flights, which pair Navy warbirds with current fighters, will be returning in 2016.

US Navy Leap Frogs Parachute TeamUS Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Static Display

Leap Frogs

The US Navy Leap Frogs parachute team is also authorized to perform at up to 27 shows this year, although it is unclear if their many High School and sporting event appearances will count against that total. There is no word yet on when their schedule can be expected.

Static Displays

The other major news in the presentation is that restrictions on Navy static displays are being lifted in 2016. Previously they had been severely limited due to the sequestration budget cuts. Only 10 civilian shows were approved for statics in 2015. Happily, static displays will be unrestricted starting with this season!

These are all very exciting developments, and certainly indicate that military participation can be expected to rise in the near future. Let’s hope the good news continues!

Stay tuned for more developments and the performance schedules as we get them.

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.