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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Guest Post: Veteran Flies with Golden Knights During Fair St. Louis Airshow

Guest Post: U.S. Army Veteran Larry Titchenal Flies With the Golden Knights St. Louis offered two airshows on Saturday, July 6, and I accompanied the U.S. Army Golden Knights Black Team on their Fokker C-31A Troopship for both jump flights. In this photo essay, I take a brief look at the flight from the Jet Aviation apron at St. Louis Downtown Airport to a bulls-eye landing on the Gateway Arch grounds (shot from a previous airshow this week).  
The Black Team members and air crew were a pleasure to cover, and their camaraderie and professionalism can be clearly seen. They welcome media coverage, with about half of the team engaging the media during the flight while others were all business. Just prior to jump, they "Gimme five, then knuckles" to each passenger. They love what they do, probably would do it for free. Loved flying with my U.S. Army Brothers (and sister!). Best wishes to one of our flight crew, CW4 Felicia Marlow, on her upcoming retirement.

In the photos below are views of the pre-flight activities, circling the drop zone, Black Team Drop Zone Safety Officer SFC Jesse Robbins saluting as he departs the aircraft, and the landing at the Gateway Arch grounds.


The Aero Experience thanks our friend Larry Titchenal for contributing to our coverage of the 2019 Fair St. Louis Airshow. We also thank him for serving in the U.S. Army from 1968 - 1970, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Bliss and Fort Riley. You can see more coverage of the 2019 Fair St. Louis Airshows in the previous several posts.

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