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Wings of Blue wins 1st national title
The Wings of Blue Air Force Parachute Demonstration Team won the U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships in Ottawa, Ill., Sept. 11-12. Pictured, left to right, are (first row): Cadets 1st Class Zoe Kotnik, Kyle Yohe, Eric Wallace, Josh LeMair, (second row) Kyle Tomaszewski, Alex Meyer, Nolan Sweeney and Mike Walker. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)
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Wings of Blue wins 1st national title

Posted 9/16/2010   Updated 9/16/2010 Email story   Print story


by Leslie Finstein
U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs

9/16/2010 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Wings of Blue Air Force Parachute Team soared to victory Sept. 11-12 at the U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships in Ottawa, Ill.

This is the first victory for Wings of Blue at a USPA competition, said Lt. Col. Mike Love, commander of the 98th Flying Training Squadron.

Wings of Blue fielded two teams, Air Force Impulse and Air Force Eminence. Impulse took first place and Eminence took third in the four-way formation skydiving intermediate competition.

Team Air Force Impulse dominated the 10 rounds of jumps with a final score of 146, finishing 20 points ahead of the second-place team Spaceland Mamba. Team Air Force Eminence was close behind, only three points out of second place.

The Wings of Blue teams returned to the Air Force Academy Sept. 14.

Team Air Force Impulse:
Cadet 1st Class Alex Meyer, Cadet Squadron 03
Cadet 1st Class Kyle Yohe, Cadet Squadron 02
Cadet 1st Class Eric Wallace, Cadet Squadron 14
Cadet 1st Class Josh LeMair, Cadet Squadron 02

Team Air Force Eminence:
Cadet 1st Class Nolan Sweeney, Cadet Squadron 15
Cadet 1st Class Zoe Kotnik, Cadet Squadron 22
Cadet 1st Class Mike Walker, Cadet Squadron 25
Cadet 1st Class Kyle Tomaszewski, Cadet Squadron 40

10/4/2010 12:32:20 PM ET
What a tremedous achievement for you all as individuals and as a team Congratulations on the results of what must have been incredible dedication training and teamwork and additional props to the many who must have supported your efforts. Best wishes for continued success in all that you do - and special thanks for bringing such recognition to the Air Force Blue
Bill Wood '68, Parker CO
10/2/2010 6:21:56 PM ET
Congratulations I thought that WOB had won numerous other firsts but maybe this is the first USPA win.
Matt Feiertag '64, Carson City NV
10/1/2010 9:36:47 AM ET
Congrats Wings of Blue....way to go and Blue SkiesDave Ternes. '76D-12846
Dave Ternes, Kansas City MO
9/30/2010 4:38:43 PM ET
Way to go Wings of Blue We are so proud of you guys Now on to Collegiate Nationals for the top two spots.Jim and Rita parents of Lauren Dragon Franks Hickerson class of 2010 PITWOB
Jim and Rita Franks, Abilene TX
9/30/2010 4:20:13 PM ET
Pete Johnston '66 would be proud of you all He arranged the blind date in March of '64 to meet my future wife.Unfortunately he died parachuting spring break of senior year.
Bob Estus, Brunswick ME
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