Monday, September 26, 2005

U.S. Navy’s ‘Leap Frogs’ Jump In Where Needed

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Contrary to popular belief, there are better seats at a football stadium than the 50-yard- line. Like two-and-a-half miles above the stadium.

Just ask Aries Lynch, a member of the U.S. Navy’s “Leap Frogs,” a team comprised of Navy SEALS and special warfare combat craft crewman who parachute into NFL games and other special events around the country.

Most recently they parachuted into the San Francisco 49ers Monster Stadium from 12,500 feet above.

Lynch says out of the country’s stadiums, San Diego has both the easiest and hardest playing fields to jump into.

He says the Padres’ home field, Petco Park, is the easiest because it’s wide and flat, while Qualcomm Stadium – where the San Diego Chargers play – is the hardest because its bowl shape is “optically deceiving.”

That’s no sweat for the Leap Frogs, because, as Lynch says, they’re so skilled they can touch down on a target as small as a paperback book.

They’ll get to show off their skill at their next football stadium jump which will be during the Chargers- Pittsburgh Steelers game at Qualcomm on Oct. 10.

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