OKLAHOMA! Where the wind comes sweeping down the plains

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The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team (WWII ADT) recently hosted their October Jump School which culminated in Open Hangar Day Oct. 30, 2021. Unfortunately, because of high winds most of the week, students were unable to complete the required five jumps to earn their wings. The graduation ceremony scheduled for Oct. 30 was cancelled.

Students have the option of returning in April to complete their jumps to earn their wings. Some students were able to complete four of the five jumps, and others only completed three. Students successfully completed one jump the evening of Oct. 29, and they tried to get the remainder of their jumps Saturday morning, but the winds kicked up again.

Still, family members of students said they had a great time watching their loved ones and said it was a wonderful experience. Student William Davis’ daughter was one of those loved ones.

Eight-year-old Georgia Davis said she came from Texas to watch her daddy jump from an airplane.

“My mom wanted to see my dad jump for the first time, so I came with my mom. We had a great road trip.”

The WWII ADT hosts jump schools three times a year. In April, they host one for Tier II and Tier III students, which are paratroopers with prior airborne experience. July (Summer) and October (Fall) Jump Schools usually culminate in Open Hangar Days at the end. COVID-19 changed that the last two years.

Team member Dave Brothers said he was glad Open Hangar Day was back this fall and he is looking forward to the future of the team.

“I really think it would be great to have a big event,” Brothers said. “We’ve got these new buildings out here that will eventually be used as barracks. We’d eventually like to see a real 1940s inspired scene out here. Get the community involved. We’d love to put together a band to come out and play swing and jazz and maybe have a hangar dance out here.”

Brothers is looking forward to the big plans for the future but they’ll take some time to implement.

If you want to help those dreams become reality sooner rather than later, you can donate to the WWII ADT on their website, www.wwiiadt.org, or, find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wwiiairbornedemonstrationteam.

To the drop zone – we’ll see you there in April.

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