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April 19, 2014

Ready for the runway - AirSho coming May 10

Corsicana — The skies over Corsicana's C. David Campbell Field at the Municipal Airport will once again be filled with vintage aircraft and airborne performers on the second Saturday in May.

The Coyote Squadron's 16th Annual AirSho returns on Saturday, May 10. The annual event is the major project of the local unit of the Commemorative Air Force, and continues to draw both participants and attendees from across the Southwest.

In addition to the displays and performances, rides will be available in several warbirds on Friday, May 9 and show day on Satuday, May 10.

Among the performers who'll take part in the daylong celebration of aviation is the Blue Skies Parachute Demonstration Team.

The team was founded in 2005 to provide a professional exhibition skydiving team in the North Texas area. Many of these highly experienced skydivers have been performing exhibition parachute jumps, locally and around the globe, for more than 3 decades.

The combined years of skydiving activity represented in the Blue Skies Parachute Team is over 125 years of continuous time in the sport and nearly 22,000 jumps. The jump team’s normal compliment of jumpers is a 4 person jump team with a combined total of over 15,000 jumps and 90 years of skydiving experience. Supplementing the Jump Team is a complementary Ground Crew unit whose job is to maintain contact with the jump aircraft and to ensure a safe performance. All Blue Skies Team ground personnel are also experienced skydivers.

The skydivers involved in the Blue Skies Team performances all live in the North Texas area. Most have several state, national, and world record skydives in their logbooks. Team members come together from around the region, from Paris to Mansfield, and practice for their appearances at Skydive Dallas near, Whitewright.

All of the jumpers on the Blue Skies Parachute Team hold the US Parachute Association Professional Exhibition Skydiver Rating. To receive the highest level of this rating, which allows a jumper to land inside stadiums, team members must have over 1,000 jumps, hold the US Parachute Association Expert Parachutist license, and have demonstrated the appropriate skill levels to perform exhibition jumps into various venues in a safe manner. Jumpers must be proficient in tight landing areas, with streamers and smoke grenades, and with flags or banners deployed under their parachutes. They must also be familiar with all FAA and US Parachute Association rules and regulations governing Exhibition Jumping, including all ground crew activities.

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