The United States Navy Parachute Team will give a show Saturday morning, Sept. 13, at the Harford County Airport in Churchville.
The United States Navy Parachute Team will give a show Saturday morning, Sept. 13, at the Harford County Airport in Churchville. (U.S. Navy Photo, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The U.S. Navy Parachute Team, commonly known as the Leap Frogs, will perform on Sept. 13 from 8 to 11:30 a.m., at the Harford County Airport, 3538 Aldino Road, Churchville.

The free demonstration is co-sponsored by Harford County Airport, Harford County Boys and Girls Clubs, Star-Spangled 200, Bicentennial Commission War of 1812-14. For information, call 443-273-3437.

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The Leap Frogs is the parachute demonstration team of the U.S. Navy. It consists of an all-volunteer team of active-duty personnel drawn from Naval Special Warfare (NSW), including Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) and support personnel. The team is sanctioned by the Department of Defense and recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration.

After performances, the Leap Frogs sign autographs and make themselves available to answer questions about what it's like to be a Navy SEAL or SWCC.

A typical demonstration begins with a streamer pass to give jumpers an indication of wind speed and direction. A jumper may perform an "early burn" by activating a smoke grenade attached to a foot bracket. This indicates the jumpers are preparing to exit the aircraft. The team then exits the aircraft and each member deploys its distinctive blue and gold parachute at a different altitude to create vertical separation for a safe opening.

Many jumpers often activate smoke grenades during freefall flight to make it easier for spectators to see them at sometimes 12,500 feet above ground level. Once under canopy, the jumpers maneuver toward each other to create various formations. Members may deploy a flag, depending on the venue, and the last jumper to land typically trails an American flag.

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