50 years of jumping out of planes

March 16, 2009 9:07:13 AM PDT
The Golden Knights - the U.S. Army's premier parachute demonstration team - have begun celebrating their 50th birthday.Events started Monday morning with a special gathering of the original team members at Fort Bragg.

The Golden Knights were formed in 1959 to compete against teams from the Soviet Bloc in international parachute events.

Since its founding, the team's mission has evolved beyond parachute demonstrations to research on military free-fall parachuting.