Early last week, the EAA issued a press release indicating that they will be expounding upon the role skydiving will play in the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 Airshow expected to take place this summer.
In previous years, organizers have received a lot of fan feedback regarding the skydiving performances that were featured throughout the airshow. So much, in fact, that organizers felt like they should make the addition of a number of skydiving demonstrations this year.
According to Dennis Dunbar, director of AirVenture airshow operations, “While skydiving has always been a part of AirVenture, the reaction to the mass parachute jump demonstration in 2015 reinforced a desire to see more of the diverse methods people use to depart ‘perfectly good aircraft’ and ultimately land with a parachute.”
Mr. Dunbar further stated that in an effort to thrill audiences and airshow attendees, “We have gone out and found the most talented teams and individuals that represent their facet of skydiving and have gathered them in Oshkosh to put on a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what skydiving has to offer.”
Airshow staples like the professionals with The Patriot Parachute Team will execute their usual ‘flag jump’ to open the festivities. During their second act performance, the team is expected to demonstrate for spectators what is required of a United States Navy SEAL.They will additionally perform a pyrotechnic routine during airshow’s evening performances.
Other featured skydiving performances will include:
- The Red Bull Air Force team will demonstrate a low altitude BASE jump from their Red Bull helicopter and participate in a wingsuit jump alongside award-winning pilot Kirby Chambliss in the Edge 540 aircraft while performing formation aerial acrobatics to the crowd’s delight.
- The International Skydiving Museum Eagles will contort and assemble into a number of airborne formations featuring at least 100 jumpers. Onlookers will be left in awe while skydivers achieve lateral speeds up to 70 mph plus and vertical speeds that exceed terminal velocity prior to their canopies deploying.
- And last but certainly not least, the evening festivities will include a performance by The Vertical Elite group that will make use of colorful suits illuminated in the shapes of skeletons via LEDs. This performance is expected to light up the night sky while skydivers streak across it at speeds exceeding 160 mph.
The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 is expected to commence on July 23rd-29th, 2018 at Wittman Airfield in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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