The Maino Project: Flying into Lambeau Field
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GREEN BAY - If you were at Lambeau Field this weekend, you literally saw halftime entertainment that dropped down from the sky. Who were these floaters? John Maino went to find out.
The Packers and the Eagles weren't the only ones going through a pregame routine this past weekend. Part of that is a little pep talk, "We should get down, in the lip of the stadium. The 50 yard line and forward is what we have to work with, so plenty of room to do what we do. Be safe and do what you gotta do."
The team was preparing for their entrance to Lambeau Field, not from the tunnel, but from 3,000 feet up. "The All Veteran Parachute Team is composed of former military service members who have, a lot of times, retired or moved on. For example, I'm in the Reserves, now I'm a college student, but I didn't want to give up jumping," says team member Khalida Hendricks.
"Mentally, you're thinking about where you want to be in that stadium, where you don't want to turn behind, when I say that, that means when you turn into that stadium, you have to come in straight over the top and then sink the parachutes. Stop it, come straight down, get underneath the wires, and ideally you want to land on the 50 yard line," team member Dave Herwig says .
"We love what we do, demonstrating, and what a better way to do that than to show what a veteran does after they leave the military," says Herwig.
"We do need to keep on our toes, especially for jumps like this into a stadium. There are a lot of things to keep track of," Hendricks says.
"It's all for veterans, not just for a single veteran. Every one of them has done an outstanding job and to show the American public that we're here and we're not going anywhere and we're living on and we're living the dream."
Maino does say he's adding skydiving to the list of things he will probably never do.