The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team have spent the final part of the year on their first preseason training event, Exercise Freefall Endeavour.
Exercise Freefall Endeavour, which takes place in California, is the first of two winter training trips the team take part in as they prepare for the summer display season.
The exercise focuses on freefall skills alongside individual aspects of the team’s training, with six to eight jumps being conducted daily to improve skills and increase parachuting experience for each RAF Falcon. California is the best place for the team to train during the UK winter months, with near guaranteed good weather to hone the skills necessary for the them to display across the UK and around the world in the 2023 season.
Flight Lieutenant Mike Reeve, Officer Commanding RAF Falcons said:
“This trip has proven to be another successful trip for the RAF Falcons. A great introduction for new team members: Flight Lieutenant Jen Littler, Flight Sergeant Liam Lyons and Sergeants Andy Lynch, Greg Ashelby & Gabe Coleman-Moffat. With parachutists completing over 100 jumps each. The training conducted during this serial are twofold; firstly, it provides vital free-fall experience for team members. Secondly, this exercise provided us a platform to complete essential pre-requisites for the Parachutist Display Course 'PDC' in the new year. In addition to these team successes Sergeants 'Paddy' Guillois and Doug McAll completed their Military Accelerated Free Fall Instructor (MAFFI) assessments. A great achievement for both individuals putting them in a great position for onward posting supporting the airborne forces.
“The team now looks forward to spending Christmas with their families before we head back out to the USA on Exercise Falcons Stack at the end of January! Here we will look to develop our dynamic display further ready for the 2023 season”
Flight Lieutenant Mike Reeve
Officer Commanding RAF Falcons
The team will now enjoy time at home over the festive period before returning to California in the new year to continue building on their skills. During Exercise Falcons Stack, they will work on their display manoeuvres and prepare the show, which will be displayed in 2023, for public in the UK and around the world.
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