The U.S. Navy SEALs made a grand entrance into the Boston Common Monday afternoon, July 2, by dropping out of the sky.
The Navy SEALs were in town as part of the celebration of Boston Navy Week 2012, which runs in conjunction with the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. As in other Navy Weeks in other cities, the Navy Leap Frogs were on hand to showcase their prowess and their skills, jumping from a plane flying over the city at 12,500 feet, and performing stunts as they glided their way onto the Beacon and Charles streets area of the Boston Common.
Upon landing on the ground, the Navy SEALs parachute team took time out for photos and autographs, as well as entertained questions. They mingled with the crowd of 800 or so spectators waiting for them on the ground, and chose a few lucky kids to help them fold their parachutes.
Serving as officer in charge of the jump is Keith Pritchett, who has been part of the elite Navy SEALs for all of 23 years. Pritchett shared that the jump went “just perfectly.”
The Navy Leap Frogs parachute team has scheduled performances for July 3 at Puopolo Park in the North End at 10:00 in the morning, and on the Boston Common at 3:00 in the afternoon. They will also be performing at Fan Pier, at noon, on the Fourth of July, and are expected to parachute into Fenway Park at 6:45 pm on Friday, for the game between the Red Sox and the Yankees.