The Falcons Parachute Display Team

Widely recognised as the UK’s premier military parachute display team, the Falcons, based at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, display at venues all over Britain and Europe throughout the year. As well as providing a distinctive demonstration of freefall and canopy skills during the display season each Falcons Team member undertakes continual advanced training as Parachute Jumping Instructors in preparation for future employment in support of the Parachute Regiment, the Royal Marines and other specialist units.

It was Winston Churchill who first introduced parachuting into the Armed Forces in 1940 when a small Airborne Assault was planned for the Tragino Aqueduct in Italy. The Operation was so successful that an expansion of the Airborne Forces was immediately ordered and No 1 Parachute Training School (PTS) was formed. No1 PTS still trains all Britain’s Airborne troops whose forbears dropped on ahead of D-Day on Operation OVERLORD during the night of 5 June 1944 and in the failed attempt to shorten the war by seizing the bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem on 17 September 1944 on Operation MARKET GARDEN.

Today, many Parachute Jumping Instructors strive to attain the coveted Military Freefall Instructor (MFFI) qualification, which allows the Instructor to train selected Special Forces soldiers in High altitude Low Opening (HALO) parachuting. This involves jumping from heights of up to 25,000ft using personal oxygen systems and carrying up to 350 lbs of equipment and weaponry. HAHO (High altitude High Opening) parachuting allows specialist teams to be inserted into an area using a blanket of stealth.

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