|John Noakes - Blue Peter
|John Noakes of BBC TV's "Blue Peter"
programme carried out a number of parachute jumps in the
late 1960s and early 1970s. He was kind enough to provide
the BPA Archive with the below information which reflects
his wide ranging achievements over his short time in the
sport. The BPA Archive project extends grateful thanks
to John and his wife Vicky for their help and co-operation.
There are articles in Autumn 1968 and April 1974 issues of Sport Parachutist covering John's parachuting.
His later jumps set the civilian freefall altitude record which stood for a number of years.
All pictures here are courtesy of John and Vicky Noakes unless otherwise stated.
|The above show John above Pau in France taken
by Charles Shea-Simonds
John at Sunderland Airport in January 1969. As a jumper and television celebrity of the day, John officially opened the parachute centre.
|The Netheravon Rapide
|Above: John at Netheravon with
Charles Shea-Simonds. Photo courtesy of Charles
Below: John training and jumping with the RAF Falcons for his jump from 25000 feet.
In 1973 the
RAF Falcons asked John Noakes if he would like to make a
five mile free fall jump. He successfully completed the
jump on 15th May 1973 and achieved three "firsts" in the
process: the first civilian in Britain to make a five mile
high free fall; the first outsider to join the Flying
Falcons; and the first television presenter in Britain to
talk to a camera while falling through space. Needless to
say, the jump got John into the Guinness Book of Records.
|John in freefall with RAF Falcon Bob Souter.|
Photo by Ray Willis
|Below are John's parachuting documents and
|John's UK parachutist 'General Permit' to jump, 1969.|
|APA and BPA Memberships
John's log book showing 27 jumps over 5 years, including -
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