In pictures: Airborne soldiers make history
For the first time, in an exercise over Salisbury Plain, British Paratroopers jumped under British parachutes from a US Air Force aircraft
Exercise Pegasus Eagle saw a C-130J Hercules from US Air Force Squadron fly into RAF Brize Norton from Germany for a week of joint training.
The exercise was all about developing the ability of British and American airborne forces. They are trained and ready to deploy on operations together, this training helps to mix and share resources.
Being able to use each other’s equipment and mix and share resources makes the partnership more capable and flexible.
US jumpmasters and RAF Parachute Jump Instructors agreed on common procedures and then soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade have parachuted from the aircraft under British canopies.
The British paratroopers earned their US parachute wings by jumping under US canopies from US aircraft. In return, the US soldiers have earned British parachute wings jumping from RAF aircraft, but this is the first time that the nationality of parachutes and aircraft have been mixed.