The 2015 Thunder of Niagara Airshow will feature The United States Army “Golden Knights” Parachute Team. This elite team will be performing in front of an anticipated record breaking crowd. As part of their performance, Rex Ryan, the coach of the Buffalo Bills will participate in a tandem jump with the team here Friday, July 17.

For more than 55 years members of the U. S. Army Parachute Team have been marking the milestones of achievement and an evolution of excellence serving as “Ambassadors” of the Army’s only official demonstration team. The Golden Knights portray the image of being the most formidable parachuting competitors and demonstrators in the world today. The team is one of three authorized DOD aerial demonstration teams, along with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and U.S. Navy Blue Angels. On October 15, 1962 the team earned the nickname the “Golden Knights” on the competition field of battle. Golden, signifying the gold medals the team had won; Knights, proving that they were world champions and the fact that the team had “conquered the skies.”

Media interested in covering this event should report to the main gate on Lockport Road at 9 AM, Friday, July 17 to be escorted to cover a pre-flight press conference with Rex Ryan. Post-flight interviews will be available at 11:30 AM.

The base is scheduled to host the 2015 Thunder of Niagara Air Show on July 18-19, 2015, featuring the United States Army Golden Knights parachute demonstration team as well as many additional performances. For upcoming information on the 2015 Thunder of Niagara Air Show, including performer announcements and “Insider” details, please visit:

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