On Thursday evening, the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team captured the attention of the city by landing onto Central Park’s Great Lawn from 8,000 feet in the air.
Instagram user @dannydalypix took a video – from 83rd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenues – showing two Leap Frogs descending into the park, with one holding and waving an American flag.
The Central Park Conservancy shared this video from inside the park:
Now, that’s a leap! ? We’re used to seeing leafy trees, singing birds, and billowing clouds over the Great Lawn, but tonight we were visited by the @NavyLeapFrogs, a @USNavy parachute team that jumped 8,000 feet into Central Park. Check out our video to see them in action! pic.twitter.com/owM74d8uao
— Central Park (@CentralParkNYC) August 5, 2021
According to the Leapfrog’s Youtube channel, “The U.S. Navy Parachute Team began in 1969 when Navy SEALs and Underwater Demolition Team members volunteered to perform at weekend air shows. The team was officially commissioned ‘The Leap Frogs’ in 1974 by the Chief of Naval Operations with the mission to demonstrate Navy excellence throughout the United States. Each team member has conducted real-world operations before volunteering to join this elite unit known as the Leap Frogs. Following a three-year commitment with the Navy Parachute Team, they will return to their operational units.” Learn more about the Leapfrogs at navyleapfrogs.com.