RAF Falcons parachuting over fields

Display Format

The RAF Falcons parachute display is both unique and flexible. This is necessary due to weather conditions that will dictate which of the three types of show the team may be asked to perform at very late notice.

Each display consists of the following:

  • A variety of movements across the sky in freefall using coloured smokes to illustrate an aerial pattern.
  • Demonstration of close proximity flying under canopy which includes the famous Falcons’ non-contact canopy stack.
  • Controlled and accurate landings into small confined areas, often near buildings or water.

High show: 9000 ft - 12,000 ft above ground level

Illustration of a high show display The high show is initiated by exiting the aircraft at an altitude between 9,000 - 12,000 ft. The team coach and three other members will launch a 4-man exit presenting a ‘base’ that falls vertically to create a strong smoke column. The remaining team members exit individually in an echelon formation at staggered heights, falling at speeds of up to 120 mph. This free fall display requires precision flying and good timing to ensure everyone is in the optimal position for the formation of the canopy stack.

Mid show: 5000 ft - 9000 ft above ground level

Illustration of a mid show display The team will exit the aircraft individually between 5,000 - 9,000 ft. Once in free fall, the team will create an echelon formation, falling at speeds of up to 120 mph before deploying their parachutes on a signal from the team coach.

Low show: 2500 ft - 5000 ft above ground level

Illustration of a low show display Occasionally, the weather and in particular the cloud base will necessitate a much lower show which does not give them scope to perform their free fall movements. They are still able to offer a display that fully demonstrates their accomplished canopy skills. After the exit, six of the team members have only a few seconds to deploy their canopy, whereas the remaining jumpers pull their parachutes immediately on exit. Once the canopies have opened safely, each team member will position himself above the person below to form the famous Falcons canopy stack.

Falcons Brochure 2017

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