Captain Joe Palmer

 
Team role: Officer Commanding Red Devils
Jumps: 100+
Ratings:
  • Formation Skydiving 1
  • Canopy Handling 1 1
  • Jump Master 1
 
 

Capt Joseph Palmer commissioned from RMAS in 2009 and joined The Second Battalion The Parachute Regiment. He deployed as a platoon commander to Afghanistan in 2010 before completing a tour at ITC Catterick as a Platoon Commander Instructor in 2011. Having deployed to Afghanistan for a second time he returned to 2 PARA as the Air Operations Officer. Having learned to skydive in 2015 he is looking forward to a steep learning curve during the 2016 season. In his spare time he enjoys scuba diving, golf and walking his Springer Spaniel Hooley.

Cpl Nathan Connolly

 
Team role: Team Leader and Jump Master
Jumps: 3300+
Ratings:
  • Tandem Instructor
  • AFF Instructor
  • FS Coach
  • CF Coach
 
 

Cpl Connolly from Rosendale began his service with 1 Para in 1998. He has completed tours in Kosovo, Northen Ireland, Sierra Leone and Iraq. He began skydiving in 2002 and has 3000 jumps. Cpl Connolly has performed various roles within the team including CRW stack pilot. In 2014 he took over the role as Team Leader from CSgt Billy Blanchard. Nath enjoys his rock bands and gigs in his free time.

Sgt Gaz Jones

 
Team role: Team Sergeant Major
Jumps: 200+
Ratings:
  • Formation Skydiving 1
  • Jump Master 1
 
 

Sgt Gaz Jones began his service in 2002 with 1 Para. He has been on tours in Iraq, Northern Ireland and four tours of Afghanistan, three of which were in the sniper platoon. From 2009-2011 he was an instructor at ITC Catterick, and from 2013-2015 he was P Company staff. In Gaz's free time he enjoys fun jumping, family time and shooting.

Cpl Mike French

 
Team role:Stack pilot and Tandem coordinator
Jumps: 1700+
Ratings:
  • Tandem Instructor
  • FS Coach
  • CRW Coach
 
 

Cpl French from Cumbria began is service with 3 Para in 1998. He has served three tours of Northern Ireland, Kosovo, two tours of Iraq and two tours of Afghanistan. He joined the Red Devils in 2010, had a camera role in 2011 and 2012 and then moved over to the CRW team. Mike also organises all the Teams tandem days where the public are able to tandem skydive with the Red Devils. When not at work Mike likes to spend time with his family.

Cpl Wayne Shorthouse

 
Team role: CRW and Display coordinator
Jumps: 1700+
Ratings:
  • Tandem Instructor
  • CF Coach
 
 

Cpl Shorthouse from Plymouth began his service with 3 Para in 2001. He has completed tours in Northen Ireland, two tours of Iraq and three tours of Afghanistan. Cpl Shorthouse is currently in the CRW team. Wayne is the point of contact for all display enquiries and ensures that all the paperwork from A-Z is organised and completed before a display is carried out. Wayne has a few interests, one of them being his Triumph tourer.

Cpl Steven Handley

 
Team role: Apprentice rigger
Jumps: 300+
Ratings:
  • Formation Skydiving 1
  • Canopy Handling 1
 
 

Cpl Handley joined the Parachute Regiment in 2007 and has deployed with 3 Para on two tours of Afghanistan. He has also been on multiple overseas exercises such as the USA, Uganda, Spain, and Kenya. Cpl Handley has recently completed a two year posting as an instructor at ITC Catterick. In his spare time he enjoys offroad motorbikes, shooting and spending time with his family.

LCpl Lee Crudgington

 
Team role: Team Cameraman
Jumps: 1700+
Ratings:
  • Tandem Instructor
  • Tandem Camera
 
 

LCpl Crudgington from Essex began his career with 2 Para in 2005. He has completed tours in Iraq and Afghanistan twice. He has also performed exercises in Kenya, USA and Germany. LCpl Crudgington joined the Team in 2011 and has proficiently built up his jump numbers enough to complete his tandem rating this year. See our facebook and youtube page to see photos and videos of our displays. Lee enjoys motocross and wind tunnel flying.

LCpl Ian Cain

 
Team role: Team Cameraman
Jumps: 1050+
Ratings: 
  • Tandem Camera
  • FS Coach
 
 
 

LCpl Cain from the Wirral began his service with 3 Para in 2003. He has completed tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan three times. LCpl Cain joined the team in 2009 and has taken up a camera role. You may have seen his footage of Jock Hutton jumping at Normandyís 70th Anniversary this year. Ianís interests outside of skydiving include scuba diving, motorcycling and reptiles.

LCpl Chris Sharman

 
Team role: Team rigger and CRW jumper
Jumps: 1900+
Ratings:
  • Tandem Instructor
  • Parachute Rigger
 
 

LCpl Chris Sharman from Plymouth began his service in 2000 with 2 Para. He has been on operations in Macedonia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also been on exercises in Kenya, Belize and the USA. Chris is responsible for all the maintenance of our equipment which includes: repairs, reserve re-packs, jumpsuits, night jump and water jump equipment. On display jumps Chris is flying the 2000 sq. ft Union Jack. Chris likes to do some fun jumping in his free time, including wingsuiting.

LCpl Alexis McNaughton

 
Team role: CRW jumper and Aircraft coordinator
Jumps: 2000+
Ratings:
  • Tandem Instructor
  • AFF Instructor
  • Basic Freefly Coach
  • FS Coach
 
 

LCpl Alexis McNaughton from Stellenbosch, South Africa began his service with 3 Para in 2010. He has completed one tour of Afghanistan in 2011 and joined the Team in 2014. He has been on exercises in France, the Falklands and Kenya. Alexis is usually flying the flag at the bottom of the diamond CRW formation. Alexis enjoys the outdoors, rock climbing, wind tunnel flying and will soon be starting his Private Pilots License.

Cpl Alex Perry MC

 
Team role: CRW jumper and PR/Sponsorships
Jumps: 100+
Ratings:
  • Formation Skydiving 1
  • Canopy Formation 1
 
 

Cpl Alex Perry from Surrey, England began his service with 1 Para in 2005. He has completed tours of Northern Ireland, Iraq and several tours of Afghanistan. He enjoys formation skydiving but also wants to turn his hand to freeflying. Alex likes the outdoors and taking part in various adventure sports including skiing in the winter months.

LCpl Alex Lilburn

 
Team role: DZ control, commentator and contracts coordinator
Jumps: 300+
Ratings:
  • Formation Skydiving 1
  • Jumpmaster
 
 

LCpl Alex Lilburn from Derbyshire, England began his service with 2 Para in 2011. He has been on exercises in the Falklands, France and has recently returned from a posting in Germany to join the Red Devils for the 2015 season. Alex regularly competes in local and national running races.

Pte Ivan Jacobs

 
Team role: DZ control, commentator and apprentice Cameraman
Jumps: 120+
Ratings:
  • Jumpmaster 1
 
 

Pte Ivan Jacobs joined the Parachute Regiment in 2012. He has been on exercises abroad including Kenya and Spain. Ivan is a keen sportsman, particularly rugby and squash. From Benoni, South Africa, Ivan is also very found of Biltong and Castle Lager.