Air Force

April 10, 2014

USAFA Wings of Blue

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Each year, the Wings of Blue Demonstration Team performs at more than 50 special events in front of over 2 million spectators. Demonstration venues include airshows, NFL and College football games, and special events across the nation and around the world. The Wings of Blue have demonstrated their intricate aerial skills at major venues such as the BCS National Championship Game, the Orange Bowl, the Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, NFL Monday Night Football games, NASCAR Races, civilian airshows, and DoD Open Houses. Wings of Blue demonstrators strive for excellence at each performance, both in the air and on the ground. The Wings of Blue Demonstrators are proud to represent the United States Air Force and the Air Force Academy. They understand that they represent over 200,000 active duty airmen serving around the world. The Demonstration team also takes the time to impact each community they visit throughout the show season, not only at the demonstration site but also through hospital and school visits, hoping to share their mission and inspire all they meet to strive for noble goals. To find out where you can catch the Wings of Blue in 2014, check out the demonstration calendar.

The Demo

Wings of Blue Demonstrations are tailored based on the show site the team is jumping into. Jumpers in the demo can vary from 4-14 and can jump from altitudes varying from 2500’ to 15000’ above the ground. Demonstration jumpers typically wear smoke grenades to add to the visibility for the crowd on the ground. Jumpers also can carry any type of flag or multiple flags with a flag drop down system. Additionally, jumpers fly streamers, carry game balls or other valuable objects, and also fly a massive 800 square foot American Flag! Popular demo maneuvers include the Wings of Blue bomb-burst, in which jumpers utilize their flying skills to join in formation in the sky. Upon command from the lead jumper, each skydiver performs a 180 degree turn and tracks in separate directions of the flight line, creating an incredible burst effect. Upon deploying their canopies, the Wings of Blue set up canopy “stacks” and land in succession on the target area. Demonstrators also sometimes perform Canopy Relative Work (CRW) in which they join their parachutes together and fly as one. Each demonstration is complemented with a special soundtrack and narration for full crowd engagement. Upon landing, demonstrators move immediately to the crowd, where they will sign autographs, take pictures, and answer questions. The jumpers then pack their parachutes in the crowd with crowd assistance.

The Team

Each member of the wings of blue demonstration team is highly qualified in the many disciplines required for incredible demonstrations. They are also hand selected based on their abilities to represent the Air Force and the Armed Forces as well as communicate and speak to the public. Team members receive abundant training on free-fall and canopy flying, smoke systems, flag systems, and formation flying maneuvers. Additionally, Wings of Blue members train rigorously to accurately land on target at the show venue, as well as obtaining many practice jumps into football stadiums to prepare for major sporting events. For more information on the team, check out the team member bios.




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