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RAF Falcons Conduct UK Training in Oxfordshire

The RAF Falcons have begun their UK training in their hometown of Carterton, Oxfordshire this month.

The RAF Falcons conducting their parachute training at RAF Brize Norton.
The RAF Falcons conducting their parachute training at RAF Brize Norton.

Conducting several jumps per day, the Team have been decorating the skies above Carterton with their famous RAF parachute canopies trailing their red and white smoke, which has been enjoyed by many ‘garden spectators’.

This essential training follows on from their previous deployments to California on Exercise Freefall Endeavour and Falcon Stack, it prepares the parachutists for the award of their Public Display Authority (PDA), which is normally presented by the Air Officer Commanding Two Group ahead of the display season beginning.

Flight Sergeant Bruce, Team Coach on the drop zone after a successful parachute jump.
Flight Sergeant Bruce, Team Coach, on the drop zone after a successful parachute jump.

Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce, Officer Commanding RAF Falcons said:

“The Team have been progressing excellently with their UK based training programme. We started by jumping onto larger drop zones within RAF Brize Norton and then, as some of you may have seen, onto smaller drop zones in the local area in both Carterton and Brize Norton village. It's been fantastic to see some of you at a distance and we really hope you've enjoyed viewing the parachuting skill shown by the Team that we aim to develop further before the 2021 display season this summer.”

Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce
Officer Commanding RAF Falcons

The RAF Falcons decorating the skies above Carterton with their red and white smoke.
The RAF Falcons decorating the skies above Carterton with their red and white smoke.

The RAF Falcons will spend the next couple of months perfecting their unique non-contact canopy stack and also a very special display in celebration of their 60th Anniversary this display season. So do keep your eyes to the skies!

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