The Royal Air Force Falcons Parachute Display Team have launched their 2023 display season in front of a home crowd at RAF Brize Norton, performing their fantastic aerial display under red, white and blue canopies.

The team jumped from their signature Dornier 228 aircraft onto the RAF Brize Norton sports field, watched by hundreds of local school children, friends and family.

After a hugely successful jump, the team engaged with an excited crowd on the ground, allowing the visiting school children to ask them questions about what it’s like to be an RAF Falcon. The day marked the first time the Falcons have jumped in front of the public in 2023 after gaining their Public Display Authority; officially kicking off their display season.

Officer Commanding RAF Falcons, Flight Lieutenant Mike Reeve, said: “I’m immensely proud of the team; today highlights the teams time and dedication which has gone into the display. A special mention is needed for Fight Sergeant Lyons who is the newly appointed Falcons Team Coach. Not only has he had to learn a new display himself, but he has also taught and developed all first-year display parachutists. The launch today signifies the beginning of a very busy, but extremely exciting period for the RAF Falcons. It has been fantastic to start our display season with a jump in front of a home audience, our friends, family and local school children.  There will be so many highlights throughout the 2023 season, and we look forward to sharing our experiences over all our 60+ displays.”

As part of the Month of The Military Child, Commander Air Wing, Group Captain Gareth Burdett, invited two children from local schools to participate in the salute following the RAF Falcons jump, clearly a day the children will remember.

Sergeant Greg Ashelby, a first year Falcon, said: “This is a day we get to implement everything we have been learning and training for over these past months. It’s been absolutely incredible to finally display on our home base to local schools and the local community who are extremely supportive of the team. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the season now with some big shows ahead of us and I’m looking forward to displaying in Scotland, my home turf.

With a busy calendar ahead of them, the team will be displaying at events across the UK, and at select events in Europe, including displays at Midlands Air Festival, British Grand Prix at Silverstone, National Armed Forces Day celebrations and to mark the ascension to the throne of King Charles III the team will be displaying at British Territories in Cyprus.

RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team 2023