Floating Aloft – by Guy Rhodes

Golden Knights

Sergeant Chris Clark (right) and Sergeant First Class Teigh Statler with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team jump from the team’s Fokker C-31A aircraft over Lake Michigan during their performance in the 2015 Gary Air Show in Gary, Ind., Saturday, July 11, 2015.

East Chicago, Indiana-based photographer Guy Rhodes photographed the U.S. Army Parachute Team at the 2015 Gary Air Show.

As the U.S. Army Golden Knight’s Fokker C-31A aircraft became light on its wheels and floated aloft from runway 12 at the Gary Chicago Airport, the team of skilled aerial performers seated ahead of me in the plane performed their ritual of donning their helmets in unison. It’s a ritual I’ve had the privilege of photographing each year since 2006 that the team has performed in Gary, Indiana, and I was thrilled to be back in the air for another opportunity. While theatrical lighting work this weekend prevented me from photographing and enjoying the air show as thoroughly as I typically would have, I was thankful to have a small portion of my schedule free to cover one of the Golden Knights’ morning jumps in this year’s 2015 Gary Air Show.

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Golden Knights

Spectators line Marquette Park Beach on Lake Michigan during the 2015 Gary Air Show in Gary, Ind., Saturday, July 11, 2015.

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Staff Sergeant Chris Clark (left) and Sergeant Travis Downing with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team share a laugh while flying in the team’s Fokker C-31A aircraft en route to a performance in the 2015 Gary Air Show in Gary, Ind., Saturday, July 11, 2015.

Golden Knights

Members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team fall in formation over Lake Michigan while performing in the 2015 Gary Air Show in Gary, Ind., Saturday, July 11, 2015.

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