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RAF Falcons Resume Parachute Training Within the UK

Following a pause in March 2020, the RAF Falcons have resumed essential military parachute training at their home of RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.

The RAF Falcons conduct Parachute Training at RAF Brize Norton
The RAF Falcons conduct Parachute Training at RAF Brize Norton

The team came together in June 2020 for the first time since they departed the USA after conducting a period of winter training in California.

Flight Lieutenant Wilce, Officer Commanding RAF Falcons, said:

“As all our supporters will be aware, display training is not the only reason for our existence. All the Parachute Jumping Instructor and Officer team members have to conduct military parachute training and despatching throughout the year to keep their skill set current and competent. This training will enable each member of the team to be ready for a subsequent posting to a military parachuting role after life as an RAF Falcon.”

Flight Lieutenant Wilce
Officer Commanding RAF Falcons

– Flight Sergeant Bruce, Team Coach pictured on the Drop Zone after a successful jump
Flight Sergeant Bruce, Team Coach, pictured on the Drop Zone after a successful jump

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the RAF Falcons have been unable to begin their 2020 display season which was due to start in May, with public events cancelled across the UK to reduce the spread of the virus, this year’s outlook is certainly different for the Team. 

Flight Lieutenant Wilce acts as the Drop Zone Safety Officer, ensuring the area is safe to use whilst monitoring the weather conditions
Flight Lieutenant Wilce acts as the Drop Zone Safety Officer, ensuring the area is safe to use whilst monitoring the weather conditions

Sergeant Sammut, First Year Falcon, said:

“It’s a great shame we haven’t been able to put on our famous display for you, the fans, this year, thus far. We hope to see you again sometime soon, when the time is right for us as a nation.”

Sergeant Sammut
First Year Falcon

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