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High-flyin’ Rex Ryan will team up with Army parachutists at air show

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

No, it’s Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan.

Six months after the former New York Jets coach received a welcome befitting Superman upon joining the Bills, Ryan will participate in a tandem parachute jump with the Army’s Golden Knights parachute demonstration team at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Friday.

The parachute team is taking part in the 2015 “Thunder of Niagara” air show this weekend, and officials at the base announced that the event will kick off with a tandem jump featuring Ryan.

The news release from the Air Force Reserve’s 914th Airlift Wing did not explain why Ryan decided to jump from an airplane, which, veterans of the practice can tell you, is even scarier than the Bills’ quarterback depth chart. NFL head coaches don’t routinely jump out of airplanes, and it’s difficult to imagine a coaching legend such as Bill Belichick doing so.

The release did not mention the specific time of Ryan’s jump, although it said that there would be a news conference with the coach at 9 a.m. and post-jump interviews at 11:30.

The Golden Knights are the Army’s only official parachute demonstration team, although the Air Force and Navy have similar parachutists who also participate in air shows worldwide.

The release explained that the Golden Knights earned their nickname by doing something that Ryan has not done, at least not yet: win a world championship.

“On October 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 release said.


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