Although this years Armed Forces Day (AFD) celebrations have been scaled back, due to current COVID restrictions, the RAF Falcons showcased their 60th Anniversary Display at Eastbourne AFD on Saturday 26th June.
Formed in 1961, the Royal Air Force Falcons are the RAF’s official parachute display team, which is made up of highly skilled Parachute Jumping Instructors (PJIs).
The RAF Falcons, based at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, display at venues, delighting crowds all over the UK and Europe throughout the year.
Local lad, Sergeant Brook Stebbings was delighted to take his place under the prestigious Red, White and Blue canopy for the Royal Air Force over his home city for National Armed Forces Day. Sergeant Stebbings who joined the RAF in 2010 said:
“I watched the RAF Falcons jump into Eastbourne Air show for many years as a boy, therefore, to be doing this now really is a dream come true. This year we celebrate our 60th Anniversary and the team are thrilled be bringing a brand-new display, one that has never been used in our 60-year history to our 2021 season. AFD is about connecting the military community with their local communities through engagement and by displaying at events like these, it gives the whole team the perfect opportunity to engage.”
Third Year Falcon
As an official display team for The Royal Air Force, The RAF Falcons showcase defence by demonstrating military parachuting capability.
The RAF Falcons were available after their jump, to talk to the public, in a COVID secure environment, about what they do, and how they support the nation.