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.
SV Sign HQ US Army Parachute Team
SV ZOOM Parachute team being briefed
SC, CU Team checks parachutes (4 shots)
GV, SV Team into plane(2 shots)
SV Plane takes off & in air(2 shots)
CU INT. Men get ready to jump (2 shots)
SVs Parachutists jump
SCU Women looks through binoculars
SCU Parachutist with smoke trail joined by team-mates(2 shots)
CU Parachutist TILT DOWN altimeter
SV Army observers
GV, SV Parachutists making circle in mid-air(3 shots)
SV Crowds watching
GV Parachute collapsing & second one opening
SV Paracommander chute
GV Man using parafoil & lands
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.
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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.