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U.S. Army Parachuters Showcase Skills at Miramar Air Show

The brave members of the Golden Knights Parachute Team jump out of planes every day

The Miramar Air Show is going to new heights this year! On Friday, members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team demonstrated their skills by jumping out of planes in front of an audience. 

The Golden Knights Parachute Team is doing demonstrations during the Miramar Air Show on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at noon. 

Team members are jumping out of the Blue Angels' transport plane known as 'Fat Albert.'

The plane was two miles up in the air when the parachuters launched out of them. 

"There's a little bit of courage required but it's mostly professionalism, training, and skills," said Lieutenant Colonel Ned Marsh, Commander of the U.S. Army Parachute Team the Golden Knights, and an army parachuter for the last 18 years. 

Some parachuters held up the American flag, the Marines flag and others are they descended to their tiny target on the ground.  

"We spend a lot of time in the air practicing, making sure we land on the 'X' every time," LTC Marsh added. 

Members of the Golden Knights, headquartered in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, must demonstrate excellence in parachuting.

"Learning how to read the winds is the big thing," said LTC Marsh. "The parachutes are like airplane wings and you fly it just like a glider." 

The 2018 Miramar Air Show is going on from September 28-30. 

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