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Wings of Blue: Winning hearts, winning minds

A parachutist glides down after jumping out of an aircraft holding an American flag during an air show

A member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue parachute team glides down with an American flag during the Thunder Over the Rock Air and Space Show at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 27, 2018. In addition to the parachute team, the air show had many aerial performances such as a World War II demonstration, the U.S. Army Golden Knights and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine Gruwell)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

With craned necks, a crowd peers into bare, blue emptiness.

Suddenly a dot appears, followed by several others, and the U.S. Air Force Wings of Blue parachute team comes into focus above the awaiting masses.

The Wings of Blue demonstration parachute team travels across the country to showcase their precise parachuting skills and inspire everyone who sees them.

“We train to be as precise as possible,” said U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 2nd Class Bobby Sood, 98th Flying Training Squadron demonstration parachutist. “I love seeing the look on people’s faces as I glide to the ground in front of them. Being able to inspire people like we do really keeps me humble.”

Decisively executing jump after jump in front of audiences across the country, the Wings of Blue educates entire crowds in the span of a few minutes on the precision and capabilities of the U.S. Air Force.