|The U.S. Army’s Golden Knights have canceled
its performance at this weekend’s Kansas City Airshow. The Golden
Knights, a staple of the Kansas City Airshow, delighted fans at an
airshow in August 2001 at the Wheeler Downtown Airport.
he U.S. Army’s parachute team the Golden Knights canceled its
performance at the Kansas City Air Show after one of its skydivers died
following a jumping accident at the Chicago Air & Water Show
Saturday, the Kansas City’s show director said.
The Golden Knights
and the U.S. Navy’s Leap Frogs initiated a safety stand down after the
death of Sgt. First Class Corey Hood, who collided with another jumper
Saturday and was knocked unconscious. He smashed into a high-rise
apartment on the way down.
Hood died from his injuries Sunday.
“We have been doing air
shows for 20 years and they have been there every year,” said Ed
Noyallis, director of the Kansas City Airshow. “This will be the first
time they haven’t been here. We have gotten to know them personally, so
this is a sad thing for us.”
Show organizers will do something
special to honor Hood and the Golden Knights at this weekend’s show,
Noyallis said. While plans haven’t been finalized, Noyallis said there
would likely be a moment of silence at the beginning of the show.
the Golden Knights’ absence, Noyallis said they have an exciting show
planned. The show’s schedule will need to be rearranged following the
“We have it timed down to the minute through the whole day,” Noyallis said. “We have a very full schedule.”
Kansas City Airshow will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at the Wheeler Downtown Airport. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels are one of
the main attractions.
General admission tickets at the gate are
$20 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. To buy tickets online
and for information on other ticket options, tap or click here.