CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- The Navy Parachute Demonstration Team, the Leap Frogs, got the rare opportunity to perform for their own friends and neighbors in their hometown of Coronado, Calif. at that city's Speed Fest racing festival Sept. 22 and 23.
This was one of only three California performances on the team's 2012 schedule, compared to the more than 20 shows around the country.
"We got to see the Leap Frogs perform at last year's Speed Fest," said show attendee Kelly Briers. "Last year's was awesome, and this year's was just as awesome."
In addition to being a rare local performance, this jump was especially significant to the team. Not only was the annual Speed Fest historically one of the first events the Demonstration Team performed at after being commissioned 'The Leap Frogs', but this year they were helping celebrate 50 years of Navy SEALs, and doing it with some of their closest supporters.
Saturday's performance included a demonstration jump between practice and qualifying races, while Sunday's jump came during the opening ceremonies to kick off the competition.
"We were watching the drifters and thinking that was probably the best show that was done," said Cmdr. Chris Hewlett, commanding officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35, "but then [the Leap Frogs] showed up and jumped out of the plane and did some amazing stuff."
The Leap Frogs are on the road again next weekend, performing at the Kaneohe Bay Airshow in Kaneohe, Hawaii Sept. 29 and 30.
The Leap Frogs perform aerial parachute demonstrations in support of Naval Special Warfare and Navy recruiting.
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