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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 052-97
February 04, 1997

U.S. ARMY PARACHUTE TEAM, GOLDEN KNIGHTS, 1997 SCHEDULE

The United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, 1997 schedule has been officially released by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. Show sites are attached.

The demonstration season begins in mid-March and concludes in mid-November. Of the 160 requests for the Golden Knights, 62 events are scheduled in 31 states and Canada. The number of requests that Can be supported is limited by the length of the season, travel and training requirements, operational and deployment considerations, and seasonal meteorological conditions.

Demonstration sites are selected to support the objectives of the Department of Defense and the interests of the Armed Services. Safety is a primary consideration. Performances greatly assist the recruiting and retention goals of the Services, enhance esprit de corps among uniformed men and women, and demonstrate the professional skills and capabilities of the U.S. Armed Forces to the American public and U.S. allies.

Attachment: Army Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team Show Sites:

GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1997 SCHEDULE

MARCH 22-23 Victorville, Calif. High Desert Airshow

APRIL 5-6 Patrick AFB, Fla. Airshow 5-6 MacDill AFB, Fla. Airfest 97 12-13 McEntire ANGS, S.C. Airshow 13 Fresno, Calif. Fresno Air National Guard Open House 18-20 Anniston, Ala. Alabama International Airshow 20 Barksdale AFB, La. Open House

MAY 3 Barnwell, S.C. Armed Forces Day 3-4 NAS Key West, Fla. Open House 4 Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Air Expo 10-11 Thomaston, Ga. Airshow 10-11 Ottawa, Canada Airshow 15 Ft. Meade, Md. Armed Forces Week 15 Fort Leonard Wood, Special Olympics Mo. 17-18 Andrews AFB, Md. Joint Service Open House 20 Manassas, Va. DARE Show 97 24-25 Columbia, Mo. Salute to Veterans Celebration

JUNE 30(MAY)- Broomfield, Colo. Airshow Colorado 1 31(MAY)- Willow Run, Mich. Air Michigan Airshow 1 7 Scott AFB, Ill. 50th Anniversary Celebration 7-8 Kalamazoo, Mich. High On America. Airshow 8 Grissom ARB, Ind. Open House 14-15 Dover AFB, Del. Open House 14-15 Oklahoma City, Okla. Aerospace America. International Airshow 21-22 NAS/JRB Willow Sounds of Freedom Airshow Grove, Pa. 21-22 McConnell AFB, Kan. Open House 28-29 Hill AFB, Utah Open House 28-29 Niagara Falls ARS, Open House N.Y.

JULY 3 Dubuque, Iowa 4th of July Celebration 4-6 Saint Louis, Mo. Airshow 12-13 Missoula, Mont. Airfest 97 12-14 White Lake, N.Y. Airshow 17 Rhinelander, Wisc. Airshow 19-20 Van Nuys, Calif. Aviation Expo 97 19-20 Dayton, Ohio Airshow 23-24 Cheyenne, Wyo. Airshow 25-27 Sioux City, Iowa River Cade 26-27 NAS Whidbey Island, Sea N' Sky Fest Wash.

AUGUST 2-3 Pittsburg, Pa. Three Rivers Airshow 2-3 Hanscom AFB, Mass. Airshow 9-10 Goshen, Ind. Airshow 16-17 Columbus, Ohio Rickenbacker Airshow 16-17 Kankakee, Ill. Air Festival 23-24 North Clarendon, Vt. Rutland Airshow 23-24 McGuire AFB, N.J. Open House 30-31 Sellersberg, Ind. Airshow

SEPTEMBER 30(AUG)- Cleveland, Ohio Airshow 1 6-7 Swanton, Ohio Toledo Airshow 97 6-7 Grand Junction, Airshow

Colo. 13-14 Fort Smith, Ark. Airshow 13-14 Syracuse, N.Y. International Airshow 20-21 Youngstown, Ohio Airshow 20-21 Topeka, Kan. Airshow

OCTOBER 4-5 Charleston AFB, S.C. Air Expo 97 11-12 Myrtle Beach, S.C. Airshow 11-12 NAWS Point Mugu, Airshow Calif. 18-19 Liberal, Kan. Mid-America. Airshow 18-19 Edwards AFB, Calif. Open House 25-26 Tulsa, Okla. Airshow 25-26 Fort Huachuca., Airshow Ariz.

NOVEMBER 1-2 Eglin AFB, Fla. 50th Anniversary Open House 1-2 NAS Cecil Field, Open House Fla.