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New Officer Commanding for RAF Falcons 2021 Display Season

On Wednesday 21 October 2020, Flight Lieutenant Grey-Smart officially handed the prestigious role of Officer Commanding RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team to Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce. 

Flight Lieutenant Ash Grey-Smart hands over the RAF Falcons baton to Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce
Flight Lieutenant Ash Grey-Smart hands over the RAF Falcons baton to Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce

Although this year’s display season was cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Team have been conducting essential military parachute training for the 2021 season. Ash has spent a fantastic two years on the Team with many highlights including performing at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.  

BZN-OFFICIAL-20201021-1317-0007 – Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce, now officially the Officer Commanding RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team
Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce, now officially the Officer Commanding RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team

Flight Lieutenant Ash Grey-Smart, Outgoing Officer Commanding RAF Falcons said:

“To have been a part of the Falcons has been a dream come true, working with some of the most talented members of the defence community has been a privilege and my time on the team has been another small highlight in a career of many. I wish Chris and the team every success going forward and hope that they can continue to showcase the vital contribution Parachute Jumping Instructors play in the defence output.” 

Flight Lieutenant Ash Grey-Smart
Outgoing Officer Commanding RAF Falcons

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team during their training in summer 2020
The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team during their training in summer 2020

Looking ahead to the 2021 display season, Chris will lead the Falcons through their rigorous winter training programme and will also form part of the famous non-contact canopy stack, something Chris has aspired to do since Secondary School. Working alongside Chris will be a new Deputy Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Stu Philpott, who has recently joined the RAF Falcons.   

Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce performing the role as Drop Zone Safety Officer, will now become the Officer Commanding of the Team and will form part of the stack next display season
Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce performing the role as Drop Zone Safety Officer, will now become the Officer Commanding of the Team and will form part of the stack next display season

Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce, Incoming Officer Commanding RAF Falcons said:

“It is an honour and a privilege to become the Officer Commanding of the RAF Falcons. I hope that 2021 will be full of exciting opportunities for the team and our supporters, and together we can bounce back with the rest of the nation from what has been a difficult 2020.”

Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce
Incoming Officer Commanding RAF Falcons

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