Leading the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team into their next display season is Flight Lieutenant Ash Grey-Smart, who has been joined by four new Team Members.
Entering the Team as Deputy Officer Commanding RAF Falcons is Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce, who will spend the next two years on the team, firstly working alongside Ash and performing the role of the Drop Zone Safety Officer and then will take command of the Team for their 2021 season.
“I’ve wanted to be an RAF Falcon since my mid-teens, so to say I am honoured to be selected as the Deputy Officer Commanding for the 2020 season would be an understatement. Needless to say, I am extremely excited and very much looking forward to working with the Team for the 2020 season”
Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce
Deputy Officer Commanding RAF Falcons
Flight Sergeant James Bruce returns this year as Team Coach, James will be responsible for leading the Team into all their displays, a rewarding and diverse role within the RAF Falcons. Over the next three years, he will also mentor each parachutist and develop their parachuting skills.
“I am delighted to be back on the RAF Falcons after a tour as a team member. I am very much looking forward to the 2020 season as my first year as the coach.”
Flight Sergeant James Bruce
This year’s new display parachutists are Sergeant Ben Sammut and Sergeant Rob Menarry, these Parachute Jumping Instructors have been specifically chosen to enter the prestigious RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.
“It is a privilege to be selected for the RAF Falcons. I cannot wait for the start of the season and to display all around the UK representing the RAF and Defence.”
Sergeant Ben Sammut
First Year Falcon
Each display parachutist will spend three years on the Team, during those years they will display across the United Kingdom and Europe. They will also embark on intense training periods to undertake display parachute training and free fall training to attain the coveted Military Free Fall Instructor qualification.
“It's an honour to be selected as a member of the RAF Falcons. I'm very much looking forward to working as part of a tight knit unit, helping showcase what the RAF, and Trade Group 10 (Physical Training Instructor) are about. It'll be both a challenging and exciting three years.”
Sergeant Rob Menarry
First Year Falcon