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RAF Falcons 2020 Display Season Cancelled

Following the earlier suspension of the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team’s UK training and display season, we are sad to announce that a final decision has been made to cancel the 2020 display season.

The RAF Falcons conducting essential training in Oxfordshire
The RAF Falcons conducting essential training in Oxfordshire

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the globe, the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team will not be receiving their Public Display Authority (PDA) and therefore will not be able to perform this year.

The RAF Falcons display season runs each calendar year ordinarily from April through to September, performing their unique aerial display for a variety of events and shows across the UK and Europe.

The Team pictured in California on Exercise Freefall Endeavour in 2019
The Team pictured in California on Exercise Freefall Endeavour in 2019

The Team will now continue to conduct military parachute and professional development training using the Falcons and various other military parachute types during the remainder of the summer months.

Prior to the 2021 season, the Team will spend the winter months conducting display specific training, on the West Coast of the USA, followed by a brief period of training in the UK.

The RAF Falcons conducting display specific training in California on their last training Exercise
The RAF Falcons conducting display specific training in California on their last training Exercise

Flight Lieutenant Wilce, (Acting) Officer Commanding RAF Falcons said:

“It is with great sadness that I have to announce to all of our loyal fans and supporters, old and new, that our 2020 display season has been cancelled. All of the team members send our best wishes to you all and hope to see you again for a bigger and better display season in 2021.”

Flight Lieutenant Wilce
(Acting) Officer Commanding RAF Falcons

Due to the unforeseen circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent cancellation of the 2020 display season, there has been a change of command for the RAF Falcons. Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce now assumes the (Acting) Officer Commanding position of the team with the previous Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Ashley Grey-Smart, taking up a new role at RAF Brize Norton. More change will also come before next year as we will welcome five new members to the Team prior to the 2021 display season.

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