Watch & Listen To The Golden Knights Do Canopy Relative Work

  • Mar 10, 2016 4:51am GMT

Canopy Relative Work (CRW) is the intentional maneuvering of two or more open parachute canopies in close proximity to, or contact with one another during descent. The most basic maneuver in CRW is the hooking up of two canopies, one below the other. This formation, known as a "stack" or "plane"(the difference between a stack and a plane is the grip on the parachute), is the most common maneuver in CRW.

The two twelve member U.S. Army Golden Knight demonstration teams travel approximately 240 days per calendar year across the country. They use the team's two Fokker C-31A Troopship jump aircraft as their primary means of transportation.

When they are not jumping, they learn the team's history and memorize over 13 pages of show narration verbatim. Those who qualify are then "knighted" and are put on a probationary status for one-year. Those who successfully complete that are then officially deemed Golden Knights and will serve three seasons as full-fledged members of the team.

Video: U.S.Army Golden Knights The Army always teaches Communication and Team Work, watch an example of why we must have good Communication and Team Work as Staff Sgt. Travis Downing and Sgt. Blake Gaynor of the Army Golden Knights perform Canopy Relative Work over Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL.