ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jumping from a plane high above Albuquerque, 10 members of the U.S. Navy’s SEALs team known as the Leap Frogs will plummet downward Saturday, Sept. 17, before popping their chutes and gliding safely and majestically to the infield of the Albuquerque Downs racetrack, kicking off the New Mexico State Fair’s horse racing for the day.
It’s the culmination of Navy Week in Albuquerque as some 75 sailors from across the country reach out to local residents at a variety of events, particularly at the State Fair, says U.S. Navy Lt. Jason Fischer, the chief planner for event.
“This is exciting,” he says. “We have 15 of these a year (around the country) and in each, we try to piggyback off an anchor event. We do this for obvious reasons; for exposure so we can see more people and more people can see us.”