• Short Summary

    The 'Golden Knights' - the United States Army's parachute display unit -- recently put on a display of their skills at their home base in Fort Bragg, California.

  • Description

    1.
    SV Sign HQ US Army Parachute Team
    0.02

    2.
    SV ZOOM Parachute team being briefed
    0.06

    3.
    SC, CU Team checks parachutes (4 shots)
    0.18

    4.
    GV, SV Team into plane(2 shots)
    0.24

    5.
    SV Plane takes off & in air(2 shots)
    0.29

    6.
    CU INT. Men get ready to jump (2 shots)
    0.34

    7.
    SVs Parachutists jump
    0.43

    8.
    SCU Women looks through binoculars
    0.45

    9.
    SCU Parachutist with smoke trail joined by team-mates(2 shots)
    0.53

    10.
    CU Parachutist TILT DOWN altimeter
    0.58

    11.
    SV Army observers
    1.01

    12.
    GV, SV Parachutists making circle in mid-air(3 shots)
    1.15

    13.
    SV Crowds watching
    1.17

    14.
    GV Parachute collapsing & second one opening
    1.33

    15.
    SV Paracommander chute
    1.39

    16.
    GV Man using parafoil & lands
    1.47


    Sign 'Headquarters US Army Parachute Team'; team being briefed; parachutes being packed and checked; team into aircraft; aircraft in air and team readying for jump; woman watches through binoculars from the ground; parachutist with smoke trail joins team-mates in air; parachutist with altimeter army observers watches through binoculars; parachutist in air making circle; parachute collapsing and second parachute opening; paracommander 'chute and parafoil.




    Initials SGM/1801



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The 'Golden Knights' - the United States Army's parachute display unit -- recently put on a display of their skills at their home base in Fort Bragg, California.

    The team travels throughout the U.S.A. and often goes abroad to attend displays and help publicise the U.S. Army. Team members are only picked from the ranks of the regular army. Training is intensive and as many as ten jumps are made in a single day.

    In addition to giving displays, the team is used to develop new types of parachutes. This film shows the new 'paracommander' chute and the 'parafoil' or 'airmattress'.

    SYNOPSIS: At the Fort Bragg, California headquarters of the United States Army Display Unit, officers brief team-members for another practice-jump. Parachutes are checked and packed carefully -- a mistake could mean a tangled 'chute and a ten-thousand foot free-fall to the ground.

    Everything is ready, and the 'Golden Knights', as the team is called, are taken up to their jumping-off point. Although they can make up to ten jumps a day, team-members say that every jump is like the first. Feat and exhilaration merge together during the first minutes of free fall before the parachute is opened.

    As the crowd watches, the 'Golden Knights' go through their mid-air routine, varying their speed by spreading or bunching their bodies. Every man has an altimeter telling him the distance from the ground.

    Trainers watch every movement from below, seeing where the team performance can be improved. Each movement is carefully times with watches and altimeters as the parachutists drop through the air. The 'Golden Knights' team perform mainly for display purposes -- touring abroad as well as within the United States. But they also help to develop new methods of parachute-control. this man drops one parachute and opens another, a tactic allowing greater accuracy in reaching a ground-target.

    New parachutes and also tested by the team. This is the highly-controllable 'Paracommander.'
    The 'parafoil' can travel great distances before landing -- perhaps steering a downed pilot away from enemy territory.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA938K7O1ST97J9KN48S3XEGOI4
    Media URN:
    VLVA938K7O1ST97J9KN48S3XEGOI4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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