The Falcons display team is composed of instructors from No. 1 Parachute Training School at R.
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Background: The Falcons display team is composed of instructors from No. 1 Parachute Training School at R.A.F. Abingdon. Free falling, or "skydiving" as it is known, was officially started in the R.A.F. during the 1950s, and the display team formed in 1961. Since then, the team has performed at every Farnborough Air Show, and has given countless other displays throughout Europe and the Middle East.
The twelve-man team leave the aircraft at a height of 12,000 feet, and free fall until 2,000 ft. at which height they open their parachutes for a precision landing. This gives them a free fall time of about a minute, during which they fall at about 120 m.p.h. During the display, they can link up into two 'chains' of six men, or turn, twist, somersault or swoop across the sky at lateral speeds of more than 40 m.p.h.
This film was taken by Sergeant T. Tasker, a member of the team, with a cine camera mounted on his helmet.
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