Take a parachute and jump...with Ireland's Black Knights

Jul 22, 2014

The Defence Forces Black Knights parachute team jump from an Air Corps AW139 Heli onto Bray strand as part of the Bray Air Display July 2014. Video: Defence Forces/Niamh Guckian

The Black Knights, which are the Defence Forces Parachute Display Team, jumped from an Air Corps AW 139 helicopter on Sunday July 20th, 4,500 feet above sea level before landing onto Bray Seafront.

The four members of the Black Knights team, gathered on Bray Seafront to establish a correct landing pattern, based on the wind direction.  The team then moved to the designated Helicopter Landing Site off the seafront and waited for the Air Corps Helicopter to land. Following a safety brief by the Jumpmaster, the team carry out their final safety check before boarding the helicopter.

The helicopter climbs to around 4,500 feet and the Black Knights jump out of the helicopter in 3 second intervals. At 2,500 - 3,000 feet, the Black Knights deploy their parachutes, (which are black and feature the tricolour), landing on the target area on Bray seafront. 

The Black Knights were led by Jumpmaster Captain Dennis Gowran.

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