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USASOC Black Daggers to ‘drop in’ at Thunder Over Georgia Air Show

USASOC Black Daggers to 'drop in' at Thunder Over Georgia Air Show

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – A spectator at the 2016 Thunder Over Georgia Air Show at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, salutes the American flag as it is carried down by members of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers Aerial Demonstration Team, Oct. 1. The Black Daggers will be returning for the 2019 Thunder Over Georgia Air Show Sept. 28-29. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

USASOC Black Daggers to 'drop in' at Thunder Over Georgia Air Sh

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A parachutist from the Black Daggers, the official U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration team, displays the U.S. flag, as he prepares to land on the field at Sun Devil Stadium, prior to Arizona State University’s Salute to Service college football game between ASU and the University of California, Los Angeles, Nov. 10, 2018, Tempe, Arizona. (U.S. Army Photo by Alun Thomas)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

 At a Glance:

◾ Gates open at 9 a.m.

◾Opening ceremonies start at 11 a.m.

◾Admission and parking are free in designated areas.

◾Times and performances are subject to change.

WHAT TO KNOW: The #ThunderOverGeorgia2019 air show is going to be action packed this year! Make sure to bookmark www.robins.af.mil/airshow for all the latest – from performers to tips and parking. Mark your calendars now for Sept. 28 and 29, 2019. Find out more on the Robins Air Force Base website at: https://www.robins.af.mil, and you can follow the air show on Facebook at facebook.com/RobinsPublicAffairs.

The U.S Army’s Special Operations Command’s Black Daggers Aerial Demonstration Team will drop in for a visit at this year’s Thunder Over Georgia Air Show Sept 28 and 29.

USASOC Black Daggers to 'drop in' at Thunder Over Georgia Air Show
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii –Team members from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, the Black Daggers, jump from a Ch-47 Chinook helicopter July 4, 2017, during their show at the Independence Day celebration on Schofield Barracks. The Black Daggers perform high altitude low opening jumps in support of special operations community relations and recruiting. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives)
USASOC Black Daggers to 'drop in' at Thunder Over Georgia Air Show
USASOC Black Daggers to 'drop in' at Thunder Over Georgia Air Show
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii –Team members from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, the Black Daggers, jump from a Ch-47 Chinook helicopter July 4, 2017, during their show at the Independence Day celebration on Schofield Barracks. The Black Daggers perform high altitude low opening jumps in support of special operations community relations and recruiting. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives)
Photo By: Sgt. Ian Ives
VIRIN: 170704-A-IV742-0003
The team is comprised entirely of volunteers from the Army special operations community. They have diverse backgrounds and possess various military specialties.

The Black Daggers are based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There are little less than a dozen on the team, which is made up of USASOC Soldiers. The Black Daggers perform for both military and civilian audiences.

Descending from the skies at 12,500 feet, traveling nearly 120 miles per hour, free-fall parachuting is the closest humans have ever come to actually flying. For the Black Daggers, that's a typical Monday morning.

During their two-mile drop, the Black Daggers maneuver their body using their hands, arms, legs and shoulders to control their flight. At a few thousand feet, they deploy their parachutes and land with pin-point precision.

USASOC Black Daggers to 'drop in' at Thunder Over Georgia Air Show
SWANTON, Ohio -- A member of the Black Dagger performance team shows Make-A-Wish kids how to fold a parachute during a viewing party of the Toledo Air Show’s rehearsal July 12, 2019, at the Toledo Express Airport. Together, the Toledo Air Show and 180FW hosted a special preview of the 2019 Toledo Air Show to honor area Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana children and their brave fight against critical illness. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)
USASOC Black Daggers to 'drop in' at Thunder Over Georgia Air Show
USASOC Black Daggers to 'drop in' at Thunder Over Georgia Air Show
SWANTON, Ohio -- A member of the Black Dagger performance team shows Make-A-Wish kids how to fold a parachute during a viewing party of the Toledo Air Show’s rehearsal July 12, 2019, at the Toledo Express Airport. Together, the Toledo Air Show and 180FW hosted a special preview of the 2019 Toledo Air Show to honor area Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana children and their brave fight against critical illness. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Hope Geiger)
Photo By: Airman Hope Geiger
VIRIN: 190711-Z-TW681-0181
The Black Daggers use the military variant of the ram-air parachute, which allows a free-fall parachutist the ability to jump with more than 100 pounds of additional equipment attached. In addition to the extra weight, the jumper must also withstand high winds, frigid temperatures and low oxygen levels, all of which require the jumper to be highly skilled.

Be sure to come out and see the Black Daggers in person Sept. 28-29 in person, along with the other great acts to include the Air Force Thunderbirds and the F-22 Demonstration Team.

Editor’s note: All acts are subject to change.