Parachute Team hosts inaugural inter-service academy meet
By Class of 2017 Cadet William Scott
WEST POINT, N.Y. (April 24, 2014) — Not since 1974 have three service academies come together like they did over the Easter Weekend as the U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue and the U.S. Naval Academy Parachute team were hosted by the U.S. Military Academy Black Knights Parachute team at West Point for the inaugural Inter-Service Academy Meet.
On April 18-19, the three sister academies competed in the fields of sport accuracy, 4-way formations and 6-way speed competitions.
When all was said and done, the Black Knights triumphed overall, taking five of the top six places in sport accuracy, second place to Air Force in the 4-way competition and first place in the 6-way speed time at just under 19 seconds.
Without a doubt, the competition served as a reminder of the camaraderie among the academies, as well as a development opportunity for all three programs.
The competitors arrived throughout the day April 18, with safety in-briefings, equipment checks, orientation jumps and team introductions being just a few of the items on the busy itinerary.
Members of the U.S. Military Academy Black Knights Parachute team jump into the drop zone during the inaugural Inter-Service Academy Meet April 18-19 on the Plain. The Black Knights Parachute team took five of the top six places in sports accuracy while also winning the 6-way speed time. Photo by Staff Sgt. Vito Bryant/USMA PAO
Early morning April 19, the teams met on the fields of friendly strife on West Point’s iconic Plain, and the intensity of the competition only increased as the weekend went on.
Though heavy winds delayed the event at times, the three teams remained persistent, aggregating over 200 jumps in just two days and using the two 2nd Aviation Detachment’s Lakota helicopters to their fullest.