Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan has landed safely after participating in a tandem parachute jump with the U.S. Army “Golden Knights” Parachute Team in Niagara Falls.
The parachute team is taking part in the 2015 Thunder of Niagara Airshow this weekend, and the event at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station kicked off with a tandem jump featuring Ryan.
The news release earlier this week from the Air Force Reserve’s 914th Airlift Wing said the Golden Knights “will be performing in front of an anticipated record breaking crowd.”
The Golden Knights are the Army’s only official parachute demonstration team, although the Air Force and Navy have similar parachutists who participate in air shows.
The news release explained the Golden Knights had earned their nickname by doing something that Ryan has not done, at least not yet: won a world championship.
“On Oct. 15, 1962, the team earned the nickname the ‘Golden Knights’ on the competition field of battle – golden, signifying the gold medals the team had won; Knights, proving that they were world champions and the fact that the team had ‘conquered the skies’,” the news release said.
News Staff Reporters Jerry Zremski, Aaron Besecker and Tyler Dunne contributed to this report.