On Friday 27 April 2018, the Royal Air Force Falcons Parachute Display Team officially began their 2018 display season.
Due to the weather, the Team were unable to display on their launch day so instead, their families and sponsors were treated to a presentation and a tour of the facilities that the Team use. Having the support of the families and the sponsors is so vital to each member of the RAF Falcons.
Flight Lieutenant David Sellers, Officer Commanding RAF Falcons said: “The good old British weather has not been kind to us today. To have displayed in front of our friends, families, sponsors and schoolchildren would have been the ideal beginning to our 2018 display season and to also demonstrate our appreciation for their ongoing support. However, we now focus on our exciting and busy display season ahead which is made that little bit more special for us, given that it is RAF100, the Royal Air Force’s Centenary year.”
On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force launched RAF100, a national campaign to mark its 100th year. The centenary itself will feature events, activities and other initiative running nationwide from April to the end of September 2018.
Reflecting on its proud record of serving the Nation, the RAF will commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who have gone before; thank its service men and women for their dedication and inspire the next generation so that together, we can continue to help shape our world for the next 100 years and beyond.
The RAF Falcons have undergone intense training in California and the UK in preparation for the upcoming display season, where they will also take part in many displays celebrating the RAF’s 100th birthday, including the RAF100 Baton Relay at Harrogate and RAF100 Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) event at Carterton Community College.
This year they will conduct more than 60 displays across the UK and the Team cannot wait to get the season started with their first display at RAF Cranwell on 2 May 2018 for their annual MacMillan Mile fundraising event.