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Tiger Freefall

‘The Flying Tigers’ – The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Freefall Parachute Display Team.

The Army Tigers Freefall Parachute Team have been jumping around the world at major events since 1986. Currently based in Germany with 1 PWRR, the team jump almost weekly from the airfield at Bad Lippspringe.

Becoming part of the Flying Tigers Freefall Team takes hard work, dedication, discipline, extreme attention to detail and an adventurous spirit. Not all who apply will make the grade.

To become an Army Tiger Freefall Parachutist, a soldier must already be part of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. There are 8 levels in total that a soldier needs to complete. Just to get to Level 1, a trainee will initially need to complete around 25 jumps – though exceptional trainees can do it in 18. Initial jumps are on a static line, connected to a plane.

Jump on jump the height of the plane increases. A trainee starts jumping at 3500ft, but this then eventually increases to 13000ft. At 13000ft a trainee jumper is no longer on a static line, but jumping with two instructors either side of him, and then pulling his own parachute at 6000ft. At this point he’ll be on level 4. By the time the soldier has completed 50 jumps, he’ll be on Level 8 and will have achieved his B License. To be a display jumper though, he needs to achieve his A Licence and that can only be done after 200 jumps.

Once he has achieved his A License, he is part of the Army Tigers Freefall Parachute Team and can jump anywhere in the world. Jumping highlights of the Flying Tigers team includes the Bournemouth Air show, the biggest in the world, attracting over 2.5 million visitors over a 4 day period. Carfest South, Wings and Wheels, held at the Top Gear circuit and recently, the launch of the new cruise liner ‘Britannia’ at Southampton Docks.

If you’re thinking about joining the Army and you’d like the chance to train as a freefall jumper, join us now or for more information go to http://www.thetigersfft.co.uk.

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