The U.S. Army Parachute Team – better known as the Golden Knights – recently made it first paratroop jumps from a new Twin Otter aircraft procured by the Fixed Wing Project Office at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. The jumps took place at Florida’s Homestead Air Reserve Base where team members conduct winter training.
The Army’s elite parachuting team accepted the first of three new aircraft from the project office about two weeks ago. The new aircraft, officially known as UV-18C, is a Twin Otter Series 400 made by Viking Air of British Columbia, Canada, and is an updated version of the de Havilland UV-18A. It was modified by Ikhana Aircraft Services in Murietta, Calif. to support paratroop jumping.
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