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Watch the Tigers Army Parachute Display Team take on a daring night jump

The Tigers Army Parachute Display Team have shown Forces News how they pull off a hair-raising jump from an aeroplane at night.

They thrill spectators on the ground with their aerial abilities, as one of two full-time Army parachute display teams.

We joined them at Netheravon in Wiltshire to see how they plan for – and pull off – a night jump.

The first step involves surveying the landing site and running through basics like the point of entry to the light aircraft that takes them into the sky, and where they land.

They were joined in training by part-time teams, the REME Lightning Bolts and RLC Silver Stars.

Team member Private William Sims told Forces News: "This is going to be my second night jump, so for me it's still quite a big experience.

"As you can imagine, there's still a bit of nerves there, but as we've practised before and there's a lot of prep that goes into it, still looking forward to it."

Private Matthew Botright said: "I think there's always a healthy amount of apprehension, enough to keep you on your toes.

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"We all know what we're doing, it's just a case of getting ready."

When the Tigers carry out their display, they light up the sky with heavy-duty pyrotechnics strapped to their legs.

Three of the Tigers practised a manoeuvre called the tri-by-side, where three of them join together side by side. 

Captain Amii Calway, 280 Movement Control Squadron, speaking after her first night jump, told Forces News: "I've almost got 2,000 jumps and that was my first one at night and it was unlike any jump I've ever done before – actually quite terrifying!

"If you're not already jumping into an abyss, this is now a black hole of an abyss and amazing, incredible. I'm a bit speechless, actually."

The Tigers love to hear the crowd roar as they do their display work, but they know their success is only due to the hundreds of jumps, day and night, that they must do to train.