FARGO, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum dropped in on the Fargo AirSho from about 13,000 feet this morning with members of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, thanking the “Leap Frogs” and AirSho organizers and volunteers after his safely completed tandem skydive to kick off the two-day event at Hector International Airport.
“The Fargo AirSho has a nearly 30-year history of showcasing the outstanding professionalism and impressive capabilities of our military men and women, as well as North Dakota’s proud history of aviation, and it was an absolute thrill to take part in that tradition today,” Burgum said. “Deepest thanks to my tandem jump partner Jim Woods and the entire Leap Frogs team for the safe jump – and landing! – and to the AirSho’s hundreds of volunteer workers and 70 volunteer committee members for their dedication to this fantastic event that has so generously given back to the community. Aviation is an important part of North Dakota’s past and will continue to be in the future.”
Safe, sound and back on the ground, Burgum welcomed attendees to the AirSho and concluded his remarks by administering the oath of reenlistment to Petty Officer 1st Class Austin Hawk, a North Dakota State University student who was named Sailor of the Year by the Navy Operational Support Center in Fargo.
Fargo was one of only 14 cities selected to host a Navy Week this year. The Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron is back again this year as the AirSho’s top act. The AirSho continues Sunday.