Touring around the nation and jumping out of airplanes in front of millions of people, all on the Army's dime? That's pretty Rockstar, and these guys know it.


The truth is that members of the Golden Knights have worked hard and have risked a lot to be there. Currently, 93 percent of the team have combat experience and the selection pool is incredibly competitive, pulling from all different segments of the Army.

All that effort and all those sacrifices add up to something pretty awesome to watch, particularly their ability to land in tight spaces where normal military aircraft demos just don't translate. Landing inside stadiums is one particular niche in that the Golden Knights have down, and trust me, even an NFL stadium looks like a tiny postage stamp from thousands of feet in the air, especially at night with your ankle on fire!

Tyler Rogoway is a defense journalist and photographer who maintains the website Foxtrot Alpha for Jalopnik.com You can reach Tyler with story ideas or direct comments regarding this or any other defense topic via the email address Tyler@Jalopnik.com