Fancy flinging yourself out of a plane at blistering speed? It’s all in a day’s work for the Army’s Red Devils.
Imagine the rush as you’re thundering towards the ground after back-flipping out of a plane two miles above earth. It’s like you’re flying. Just as you think you can’t take any more air into your lungs, you hit 120mph. You’re now travelling faster than your average family car – in freefall.
It’s a feeling Lance Corporal Phil Webley gets every day. He’s a member of the Red Devils, the official freefall display team of the Army’s Parachute Regiment.
How did you get started?
"I’d served in the 3rd Battalion in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. But it was only after I joined the Parachute Regiment that I took up skydiving as a hobby and gave the Red Devils a go."
What does it take to join the Red Devils?
"You must have served in the Parachute Regiment for at least three years and have completed at least 50 jumps on your own before you can apply."
How do you apply?
"We take hopefuls to Cyprus for a week to do 20 jumps. After that, the whole team votes on whether they should join."
" You just think
this is amazing "
So what does it really feel like to jump out of a plane?
"The first time you do it is pretty terrifying. But the more you do it the more you relax. Then you really start to enjoy it. Jumping out of a plane is an alien sensation, but once you’re out, it’s fantastic. You just think ‘this is amazing’."