City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2009
Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs
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GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (March 10, 2009) – Don’t miss the high-flying performance of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, at Goodyear Ballpark on Wednesday, March 11.
The Leap Frogs will be featured in the Pre-Game activities beginning at 12:30, and are expected to skydive into the ballpark shortly before the first pitch at 1 p.m.
The 14-member team will jump from an altitude of 12,500 feet. During free fall, the skydivers reach speeds of more than 120 mph while executing exciting, complex formations. The Leap Frogs typically open their parachutes around 5,000 feet and build dramatic formations under the blue-and-gold main canopies.
After the performance, the Leap Frogs will be available to answer questions from the media and the public, sign autographs and photo ops.
The U.S. Navy Parachute Team is a fifteen-man team comprised entirely of U.S. Navy SEAL and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman (SWCC) commandos. Each member comes to the team for a three-year tour from one of the two Naval Special Warfare Groups located on the east and west coasts. On completion of the tour, members return to operational units.
The parachute team began in 1969 when Navy SEALs and Frogmen volunteered to perform at weekend air shows. The team was officially commissioned as the U.S. Navy Parachute Team "Leap Frogs" in 1974 by the Chief of Naval Operations and assigned the mission of demonstrating Navy excellence throughout the United States. The Leap Frogs support Navy recruiting efforts and promote the Naval Special Warfare community to the American public.