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

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.

US Army Golden KnightsUS Army Golden Knights

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.

US Army Golden Knights - C-31 TroopshipUS Army Golden Knights

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.

US Army Golden KnightsUS Army Golden Knights

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!

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.