ShrinersFest Adds Never Before Seen Act to Air Show
Just when you thought this year's lineup for the Air Show couldn't get any more exciting, ShrinersFest is adding something never seen before at the event.
Organizers announced on Facebook the addition of a simulated HALO Jump performed by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
Soooo, what is a HALO Jump? "HALO" is an acronym for "High Altitude, Low Opening." Members of the team will jump from a height of 12,000 feet in full tactical gear, reaching a freefall speed over 120 miles per hour, and waiting until the last possible minute to open their chutes in order to land safely. The purpose of this jump in a combat zone is to deliver forces and supplies as quickly (and again, as safely) as possible while also trying to avoid enemy detection. It's much easier to see troops coming in from the sky when they spend several minutes floating to the ground, which the HALO Jump wants to avoid.
In other ShrinersFest news, button sales for the 2019 event will officially go on sale after the conclusion of a press conference introducing this year's button design scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. Buttons will go for $10 each in advance, or $15 at the gates, and will be required for all attendees 12 years of age and over looking to enjoy the festivities over the course of the four day event running June 20th through 23rd.