Other members of the Golden Knights parachuted with flags, including the American flag and the POW/MIA flag. Two jumpers joined together mid-fall to form a two-person-tall tandem formation.
Jumping from the plane and landing on the football field took about seven minutes, but preparation for the demonstration began hours earlier. Pre-jump preparation on the aircraft, the Fokker F27 Friendship, began almost two hours before the jump.
“We inspect the aircraft, fill and check liquids like oil and gasoline, clean windows and check weather and airspeed,” Crew Chief Brian Pronneke (shown cleaning the windows) said. “The plane’s crew chief acts as the in-air liaison between the pilots, ground safety officers and the jumpers.”
Although the temperature on the ground was a slightly chilly 45 degrees Fahrenheit, temperature drops about three degrees celsius per 1,000 feet above the ground. At 3,500 feet in the air, temperature is chillier than 30 degrees Fahrenheit – without the additional windchill.
“It’s chilly up there, and it can be quite dangerous,” pilot Edward Schemper said. “But our jumpers are well-trained, the equipment is top notch, and they have reserve parachutes. The sport of parachuting is inherently dangerous, but the Golden Knights are the best of the best. They know what they’re doing.”