RAF parachutists have learnt a new display to celebrate their 60th anniversary this year.

The RAF Falcons at Brize Norton have been learning the complex routine, which is split into several segments.

It begins with a ‘snake’ formation, before the team starts the‘split’ and ‘crossover’ elements of the display.

The team splits into two sections before turning and heading straight towards each other at speeds of up to 45mph.

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The Falcons then take part in the ‘carousel’ and ‘sabre chase’ segments of the display.

Flight Sergeant James Bruce said: “For the 2021 season, we decided to change the display format in recognition of our 60th anniversary and to demonstrate the ever-changing skill sets required for military parachuting.

“This dynamic routine showcases what can be accomplished when we work as a team and trust that each member will pilot their canopy with the precision the RAF Falcons are famous for.”

The team was formed in 1961 by six instructors from the Parachute Training School, formally based at RAF Abingdon.

Flight Lieutenant Chris Wilce, officer commanding RAF Falcons, said: “The famous canopy stack formation we have been performing since the 1970s will continue to be displayed by us, but we now also have the 60th anniversary display.”