15 May 2019
Alumna ready to lead the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team for 2019 season
Alumna and Royal Air Force (RAF) Officer, Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Mikaela Harrison, is about to commence her first display season as Officer Commanding the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.
In October 2017, Mikaela was selected for a two-year tour on the RAF Falcons, who are based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. After completing her first year as Deputy Officer Commanding, she now takes over to lead the Team through the 2019 season.
“I am extremely proud to have achieved a career long ambition in becoming Officer Commanding the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team. I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to lead an excellent team of Parachute Jump Instructors and Survival Equipment Specialists to bring this famous parachute display to events around the country and Europe.”
Flt Lt Mikaela Harrison joined the RAF in 2013 as a Personnel Support Officer (now a Training Officer). In 2016, she completed the Parachute Jumping Instructor Course, which led to the award of her Military Parachute Wings and the coveted Parachute Jumping Instructor Brevet.
Mikaela’s first year on the Team as Deputy saw her fulfilling the role as Drop Zone Safety Officer during the displays. She was responsible for working out the release calculations based on weather conditions, ensuring the Drop Zone is safe for the parachutists and promoting the RAF through meeting the public after the Displays.
This year she takes her place at the top of the famous RAF Falcons Parachute Stack, performing as part of the Display for the 2019 Season.
The RAF Falcons have completed a busy period of winter training in preparation for the 2019 Display Season, which commences in May 2019.
Mikaela Harrison graduated from Loughborough with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science in 2011.
Congratulations to Mikaela on her achievement.
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Pictured: The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team in the USA on pre-season training. Copyright: MOD
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