Burke Fitzpatrick organized the team in 1981 and the Carolina Skydive Team has been performing every year since then. Burke is a veteran instructor having taught over two thousand first time jumpers and taken an additional 900 students on tandem jumps. He has held an appointment by the U.S. parachute Association as a South Carolina Safety & Training Advisor since 1986. He has competed in national parachute competitions, is a BASE (fixed object) jumper and has appeared on Amazing America and other television shows as well as being photographed for Sports Illustrated and numerous newspapers. In his day job, Burke is on the executive staff of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety and administers grant programs to law enforcement agencies, victims of crime organizations and juvenile justice agencies.
Ron Alley: age 58, hometown Honea Path, SC. Ron has 4,700 jumps. He is a combat veteran and was a Sergeant (E-5), Special Forces in Vietnam. Ron is also a Harley rider and has been a skydiving instructor for 33 years. He is the owner of a construction company in Honea Path and was a Mr. South Carolina bodybuilding champion – he still is in shape. Ron jumps a red canopy.
Danny Bryson is usually the first to land. We joke that we send him in first to make sure it’s safe! He is a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina. He has over 1,200 jumps and has never had to use his reserve parachute, yet. Danny has appeared on both TV and video BASE jumping off the New River Gorge Bridge and doing other stunts. He’s also a Harley rider and former race car driver. Danny is single, available and the most accident prone on the team.
Terry Curtis is a senior skydiver on the team with 39 years experience. He has made 2,600 jumps. He has competed at several National Skydiving Championships and has participated in several state record jumps. Terry works at the Savannah River Site and lives in Thomson, Georgia.