When the time finally arrived for the much-anticipated Champs Sports matchup between Florida State and Notre Dame, the moment was punctuated with streaks of pink smoke across the dusk skies, over the Florida Citrus Bowl, Thursday, courtesy of the world-famous 'Para-Commandos' from MacDill Air Force Base.
A ramped-up bowl crowd of 68,000+ roared skyward as the four members of the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team tumbled out of their plane, 5,000 feet above, triggering streams of skydive smoke as they fell toward the 50-yard line at the Citrus bowl.
Watching the graceful swirls of sky art being painted by the skydivers against a deep blue sky, I couldn't pass on the opportunity to use my point-n-shoot camera to snap a quick series of images from my seat as a spectator in the south endzone stands. Check out my photo gallery from the U.S. Special Ops 'Para-Commandos' Champs bowl arrival here.
The USSOCOM Parachute Team is the only joint-service parachute demonstration team in the U.S. military, including jumpers from the Green Berets, Army Rangers, Navy Seals and Marines Special Ops. All the skydivers are active duty military or Department of Defense civilians assigned to the command at MacDill, in Tampa. They perform regularly at air shows, sporting events, and patriotic celebrations throughout the United States. You can read more on the USSOCOM skydiving team at www.socom.mil.
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