HOMESTEAD (CBS4) — Thirteen Florida mayors jumped out of perfectly good planes Saturday, and it was the United States Army that kept them safe.

They came souring downwards under colorful parachutes swinging in the breezes all legs and smiles. The group took the plunge Saturday morning, launching themselves (securely strapped to burly Army personnel) into the clear skies over Homestead Air Reserve Base.

The mayors of Cutler Bay, South Miami, Coral Gables, Sweetwater, Miami Gardens, Surfside, Biscayne Park, Southwest Ranches, Deerfield Beach, Minneola, Belle Isle, Ocoee and Madison tandem jumped with members of the Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Team.

The Golden Knights were formed in 1959 to compete in free-fall parachuting events.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  1. Robert Korcok says:

    If you are going to write a story at least use spell check. How can you incorrectly spell United States. Come on already.

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