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The Falcons are the UK’s premier military parachute display team, based at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, they display at venues all over Britain and Europe throughout the year. They have performed many times for the Royal Family and heads of state and set records and introduced many exciting innovations into formation skydiving.

The Royal Air Force is responsible for training and supporting all UK Airborne Forces. As well as providing a distinctive demonstration of freefall and canopy skills during the display season, each Falcons Team member undertakes continual advanced training as Parachute Jumping Instructors in preparation for future employment in support of the Parachute Regiment, the Royal Marines and other specialist units.

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team is the only centrally funded, professional, military parachute display team in the UK. Their exciting free fall display, which includes advanced manoeuvres, falling at speeds up to 120mph, and their famous unique non-contact canopy stack manages to captivate all spectators.

60th Anniversary of Falcons Parachuting Display team badge.
2021 marks the 60th Anniversary of the RAF Parachuting Display Team.  Originally formed in 1961 by six instructors from the Parachute Training School formally based at RAF Abingdon, with a debut performance at Farnborough Air show. In 1965 the Team increased in size to twelve parachutists, it was also in 1965 that the Team were given their name of the ‘RAF Falcons’, taking the name from a bird of prey which represented their displays; swift, swooping, elegant and aerobatic in flight, all still prominent to this day.

 

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