RAF FALCONS COMPLETE 2018 DISPLAY SEASON

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team have now officially completed their 2018 display season. Sadly, their last planned performance of the year for the Warren Golf Club Classic and Supercar show had to be cancelled due to the weather. But that certainly did not put a dampener on their season, with an impressive 43 displays completed. The Team have had a fantastic year, entertaining thousands of people with their precise and dynamic display!

Prior to beginning the display season, the RAF Falcons obtain their Public Display Authority
Prior to beginning the display season, the RAF Falcons obtain their Public Display Authority

This year, the Team displayed at some very exciting and prestigious events across the UK, including the British Touring Car Championships, National Armed Forces Day and many other special occasions. They also travelled across to Europe, to display at the Kleine Brogel air base for their Belgian Air Force Days.

The RAF Falcons conducting winter training on Exercise Falcons Stack
The RAF Falcons conducting winter training on Exercise Falcons Stack

Also, this display season was particularly special, because on the 1st April 2018, the Royal Air Force launched RAF100, a national campaign to mark its 100th year. The RAF Falcons have been involved in many activities and other initiatives including the RAF100 Baton Relay, Carterton Community College RAF100 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) challenge and RAF Brize Norton’s Annual Formal Reception, where a time capsule was buried by the Station Commander.

Flight Lieutenant David Sellers takes the salute at the Leicestershire County Show in August
Flight Lieutenant David Sellers takes the salute at the Leicestershire County Show in August

“I can’t believe how quickly the 2018 display season has flown by. I feel very privileged and proud to have been part of the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team during the RAF’s Centenary year and to have taken part in so many special events throughout the UK and overseas. As a bonus, we were also blessed with fantastic weather and plenty of blue skies, which were an ideal backdrop to our displays.

Everyone on the Team, whether they are parachutists, or those that provide the vital support functions to allow us to conduct our displays, should be immensely proud of what they have achieved this season.”

Flight Lieutenant David Sellers
Officer Commanding the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team

Sergeant Lee Coonan jumps with the RAF100 flag for the 2018 display season
Sergeant Lee Coonan jumps with the RAF100 flag for the 2018 display season

The Team will now look forward to a well-deserved rest, unfortunately when a display season ends that also means that we must say goodbye to the Third-Year Falcons. This time we will see the departure of Sergeant Alastair Donald and Sergeant John Veitch, we also say goodbye to Flight Lieutenant David Sellers who has been on the Team for two years now and will hand over the role of Officer Commanding to Flight Lieutenant Mikaela Harrison.

The RAF Falcons displaying at the Tenth Annual Armed Forces Day in Llandudno
The RAF Falcons displaying at the Tenth Annual Armed Forces Day in Llandudno
The RAF Falcons entertain thousands of motor sport enthusiasts at the British Touring Car Championships at Thruxton Circuit on 20th May 2018
The RAF Falcons entertain thousands of motor sport enthusiasts at the British Touring Car Championships at Thruxton Circuit on 20th May 2018

 

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