The Army’s Parachute Display Team, the world-famous Red Devils, have taken to the skies above their base at Netheravon in Wiltshire to show their support for England football Team ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 Final against Italy.
The official parachute display team of both the Parachute Regiment and the British Army, are made up of 15 soldiers who are drawn from their three regular battalion 1,2 and 3 Para and also their Reserve battalion 4 Para.
The team are known around the world for their dynamic and awe-inspiring public displays and would usually carry out more than 60 spectacular jumps at public events worldwide, but the past year has been very different with the pandemic limiting them to their base where they have been perfecting their skills and drills.
Sergeant Dean Walton, Team Sergeant Major said:
“We wanted to show our support for the England Team by bringing the nation together after the difficult time we have all had. So, anything we can do to lift spirits, we are more than happy”
Once weather conditions were perfect the men in red were given the green light to take off for this very special and unique jump and once altitude of 6,000 feet had been reached, the paras leapt out into blue skies and unfurled the specially commissioned 200ft St George’s Cross flag emblazoned with the slogan ‘It’s coming home’.
Lance Corporal Dean Crudgington was one of those who jumped with the flag:
“It’s awesome to be part of this amazing event. Bring it home England we’re all behind you”