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The Team on board the aircraft above Lake Elsinore Drop Zone.


Team coach Flight Sergeant Ceri Marshman leads the Team in to land during atraining jump.


parachute and board the aircraft. Following these ‘back-to-back’ sorties am members will then attend a debrief to analyse their performance.


parachute and board the aircraft. Following these ‘back-to-back’ sorties Team members will then attend adebrief to analyse their performance. Each phase of the jump is analysed in detail, with all team members


Each phase of the jump is analysed in detail, with all team members discussing the footage and the Team coach giving feedback on what is


discussing the footage and the Team coach giving feedback on what is required to improve on the next two descents. The analyses is aided by ro camera footage that each member of the Team captures with a


required to improve on the next two descents. The analyses is aided by Go-Pro camera footage that each member of the Team captures with a camera attached to their helmet. In addition, video footage is captured by


camera attached to their helmet. In addition, video footage is captured by acameraman filming from the ‘Drop Zone’, so that they can see what the


a cameraman fi lming from the ‘Drop Zone’, so that they can see what the display looked like from aspectator’s perspective. Following this debrief


display looked like from a spectator’s perspective. Following this debrief the parachutists re-pack their parachutes and repeat the process another


the parachutists re-pack their parachutes and repeat the process another three times until atotal of up to eight descents have been completed


three times until a total of up to eight descents have been completed for the day.


Although the Team has now returned to UK, there is still agreat deal of training for them to undertake. They will now be conducting afurther three weeks’ training to fine-tune their display to the level where it can be considered good enough to request ratification to perform for the public. This ratification is awarded by Air Officer Commanding 2Group; should he deem the display that he observes be up to the standard required. However,the Team is confident that this season’s displays will be up to the high standards that previous year’s RAF Falcons Display Teams have set and look forward to performing for spectators at the many exciting events that they are booked in for up and down the country this season.


If you would like to see the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team in action this year,then please go to the 2017 Display Calendar at the RAF Falcons Webpage: raf.mod.uk/falcons/displays/


It is important to note that the Team consists of not only the ten parachutists seen at displays but also alarge number of support personnel, who without which, parachuting would be impossible. These include two RAF Falcons Survival Equipment Specialists and anumber of personnel that are attached for each exercise; such as medics, armourers and a photographer.


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Carterton Mayor’s mascot Ted Little chills in the sunshine.


Summer 2017 Envoy 11


Team members prepare themselves on board the aircraft during the climb to drop altitude.


Sgt Paul Smith visualises the next jump.


Sgt Mark O’Brien carries out an equipment check on Sgt John Veitch prior to jumping.


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