ILLESHEIM, Germany--Soldiers from The Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, conducted free fall parachute training with 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, "Task Force Spearhead," here, 8 July, in preparation for their upcoming performance at the Sunderland International Airshow.

The Army Tigers Freefall Parachute Team jump as frequently as possible in order to maintain proficiency and also to train junior members of the team. The junior members need over 200 jumps before they can perform the complicated and advanced aerobatic maneuvers during a demonstrations.

The Army Tigers Freefall Parachute Team is currently based in Paderborn, Germany with 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment. The team jump weekly from the airfield at Bad Lippspringe and have been jumping around the world at major events since 1986.

"Practice is paramount as a parachute display team since our maneuvers are so complex," said Cpl. Frank Millerick, Team Leader and Infantry Section Commander with The Tigers. "It is also a morale boost for the team, since this is our first jump from a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter.

The Tigers attempt to jump from as many aircraft as is possible since they never know what will be available at an air show, said Millerick.

The freefall parachute team also provided 3rd Bn., 227th Avn. Regt., an opportunity to train their Black Hawk crew chief's on the safe execution of freefall operations from flight levels as great as 10,000 feet.

The Army Tigers Freefall Parachute Team will perform next at the Sunderland International Airshow, July 22-24, at Roker and Seaburn Seafront, City of Sunderland, England.

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