- Associated Press - Thursday, July 3, 2014

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - An Army parachute team was able to return to Dubuque, swirling to the ground while hundreds of spectators watched.

The Telegraph Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1zbfKSu ) the 13-member Army Golden Knights Parachute Team’s Gold Demonstration Team had to cancel a performance in 2013 because of federal budget issues. Sgt. Trey Martin says the team was eager to return this year for Wednesday’s jump.

Martin says the team likes visiting Dubuque because of the challenges of jumping over the city. He notes Dubuque’s bluffs, two bridges and the Mississippi River as obstacles that must be avoided.

Because of clouds, the team had to make a low-altitude jump and immediately deploy their parachutes.

Wednesday’s jump was a preview to a planned Thursday jump as part of Dubuque’s annual fireworks and air show.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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