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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 Aircraft.

Above: John at Netheravon with Charles Shea-Simonds. Photo courtesy of Charles Shea-Simonds.

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 log books.
John's UK parachutist 'General Permit' to jump, 1969.
APA and BPA Memberships

John's log book showing 27 jumps over 5 years, including -
  • A trip to France with 3 relative work jumps
  • 18 freefalls
  • 3 water jumps from a helicopter into Poole Harbour
  • 7 C130 jumps
  • Two 4 ways
  • His record breaking jump with oxygen from 25,000 feet

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