The BPA Video Archive

Welcome to the BPA Video Archive. The Archive contains a number of historically important and interesting videos. We have many more videos than are listed here and are adding new videos on a regular basis, so please check back.

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An Introduction to UK Parachuting History

This film looks at the development of sport parachuting in the UK and the creation of the BPA Archive Project

With grateful thanks to Blair Stent

Date of release 2012. Running time 10.07

World Parachuting Championships 1962

Vintage footage of the 1962 World Parachuting Championships held in Orange Massachusetts USA.

With grateful thanks to Col. R. D. ‘Dare’ Wilson MBE, MC. British Parachute Association Chairman 1962-1966

Date of release 1962. Running time 16.54

The Adriatic Cup 1963

Vintage footage of the 1963 Adriatic Cup held in Portorož Yugoslavia

With grateful thanks to Col. R. D. ‘Dare’ Wilson MBE, MC. British Parachute Association Chairman 1962-1966

Date of release 1963. Running time 11.33

World Parachuting Championships 1964

Vintage footage of the seventh World Parachuting Championships held in Leutkirch West Germany 1964

With grateful thanks to Col. R. D. ‘Dare’ Wilson MBE, MC. British Parachute Association Chairman 1962-1966

Date of release 1964. Running time 24.06

First British 8-Way Star 1970

Footage of the first British 8-Way star at Dunkeswell in October 1970

With grateful thanks to Mark Miller

Date of release 2013. Running time 8.08

Cark The Early Years - Part 1 of 3

Nostalgic footage from the North West Parachute Centre at Cark in the 1970s. Originally filmed by Brian Laithwaite and Graham Kirkman. Includes "The Big Step", "Sport Parachuting", unedited footage and interviews

By kind permission of Brian's widow Caro Laithwaite

With grateful thanks to Brian Shaw & Simon Nath

Date of release 1972. Running time 22.05

Cark The Early Years - Part 2 of 3

Nostalgic footage from the North West Parachute Centre at Cark in the 1970s. Originally filmed by Brian Laithwaite and Graham Kirkman. Includes "The Big Step", "Sport Parachuting", unedited footage and interviews

By kind permission of Brian's widow Caro Laithwaite

With grateful thanks to Brian Shaw & Simon Nath

Date of release 1972. Running time 22.05

Cark The Early Years - Part 3 of 3

Nostalgic footage from the North West Parachute Centre at Cark in the 1970s. Originally filmed by Brian Laithwaite and Graham Kirkman. Includes "The Big Step", "Sport Parachuting", unedited footage and interviews

By kind permission of Brian's widow Caro Laithwaite

With grateful thanks to Brian Shaw & Simon Nath

Date of release 1972. Running time 21.28

North West Parachute Centre 1984-1985 - Part 1 of 2

Footage of jumping at the North West Parachute Centre during the mid 1980s

By kind permission of Brian's widow Caro Laithwaite

With grateful thanks to Brian Shaw

Date of release 1985. Running time 38.14

North West Parachute Centre 1984-1985 - Part 2 of 2

Footage of jumping at the North West Parachute Centre during the mid 1980s

By kind permission of Brian's widow Caro Laithwaite

With grateful thanks to Brian Shaw

Date of release 1985. Running time 19.32

Falcons '71

Vintage footage of the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team in 1971 as they visit RAF Sharjah in the Persian Gulf just before closure, Australia and Hong Kong including a night display jump into the Government Stadium

With grateful thanks to Doug Peacock

Date of release 1971. Running time 16.51

ParaShapes - Dick Gays' Creative Canopies in Action

Footage of the late Dick Gays' amazing ParaShape canopies, including his 'Wally', 'Olympic Rings' and 'VW' creations. The 'Olympic Rings' canopy was 48 feet across and took a day to pack

Click here to view an article by Leo Dickinson on ParaShape canopies, 'Landing the Rings', in the October 1988 'Sport Parachutist'

With grateful thanks to Dick Gays

Date of release 1980s. Running time 4.51

Free Fall Falcons

Vintage footage of the RAF Falcons Free Fall Team from the 1960s

Date of release 1960s. Running time 9.11

Red Devils Free Fall Team

Footage of the Red Devils from the 1970s

Courtesy of www.red-devils-fft.com

Date of release 1970s. Running time 9.49

The Red Devils

Footage of the Red Devils from the 1970s

Courtesy of www.red-devils-fft.com

Date of release 1970s. Running time 2.29

The Red Devils & the Golden Knights

Vintage footage of the Red Devils and the US Army Parachute Display Team, the Golden Knights, jumping together in the UK

Courtesy of www.red-devils-fft.com

Date of release 1960s. Running time 6.28

Jackie Smith - 1978 World Championships

Despite early involvement in sport parachuting during the 1950s, the creation of the first sport parachute club in 1956 and the formation of the BPA in 1961, British Sport Parachuting still awaited its finest hour. Then it came. On Friday 1st September 1978, in Zagreb at the World Championships, Jackie Smith scored an unprecedented 10 consecutive Dead Centres to take gold in the Ladies Accuracy Event. This was the first ever British gold medal in a World Championships and the first time any competitor had achieved 10 consecutive Dead Centres. This still rates as one of the finest British sporting achievements ever. This short colour film, of enormous historical importance, includes one Dead Centre and the Medal Ceremony

Click here to view additional information in the October 1978 'Sport Parachutist'

With grateful thanks to Jackie Smith

Date of release 1978. Running time 3.03

Scottish Parachuting Championships 1961 Scone

This video shows the first Scottish Parachuting Championships held in 1961 at Scone Airport near Perth. The visiting US Army Team and their plane flown in from Germany are evident as is the founder member of the Scottish Parachute Club, Dr Charles Robertson

Date of release 1961. Running time 4.19

Ronnie O'Brien's Tandem Save

On 27th April 1991 tandem instructor Mike Smith and student Richard Maynard exited a Skyvan over Sibson Airfield preceded by cameraman Ronnie O'Brien. The bridle wrapped itself around Mike's neck and he passed out almost immediately. Realising that something had gone badly wrong, Ronnie dived after the pair and after several unsuccessful attempts, due to their high speed rotation, managed to dock with them and deploy Mike's reserve canopy. Ronnie then went back into freefall before deploying his own canopy with seconds to spare. Mike and Richard landed without injury. For his actions, Ronnie was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal

With grateful thanks to Ronnie O'Brien

Date of release 2015. Running time 10.16

BPA Archive Project Video 2014 AGM

This video featured in the Chairman's Review at the 2014 BPA AGM

With grateful thanks to Keith Fuller, Dick Gays, Bernard Green, Mark Miller, Jackie Smith, Blair Stent, Margaret & Lawrie St John, Major-General Dare Wilson, CBE, MC, DL, FRGS

Date of release 2014. Running time 4.30

Metropolitan Police Parachute Display Team Briefing

This is the team briefing for the Four Counties Showground display jump

Date of release 2015. Running time 4.39

Metropolitan Police Parachute Display Team Catford

This is the team's jump into Catford, South London

Date of release 2015. Running time 6.03

Metropolitan Police Parachute Display Team Clapham

This is the team's jump into Clapham, South London

Date of release 2015. Running time 6.28

Metropolitan Police Parachute Display Team Gatcombe Park

This is the team's jump into Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire

Date of release 2015. Running time 7.39

Metropolitan Police Parachute Display Team Imber Court

This is the team's jump into Imber Court, Surrey

Date of release 2015. Running time 8.43

Metropolitan Police Parachute Display Team Old Warden

This is the team's jump into Old Warden, Bedfordshire

Date of release 2015. Running time 4.46

Major-General Dare Wilson CBE, MC, DL on the 50th Anniversary of the BPA

This video was recorded by General Wilson, BPA Chairman 1962-1966, for the 2012 BPA AGM which celebrated 50 years of the Association.

Date of release 2012. Running time 2.33

POPS 36-way Record Langar 2006

This video features the POPS 33-way record, 36-way record, practice jumps and 40-way record attempt at Langar on 9th and 10th September 2006

Date of release 2006. Running time 33.43

The Red Barons Display Team at Aberdeen Airshow 1984

This video records some of the aircraft, including Concorde, appearing at the Aberdeen Airshow to celebrate fifty years of Aberdeen Airport in September 1984. It also includes the display jump by the Red Barons from a DC3.

Date of release 1984. Running time 17.32

CRW 10 Stack

Footage of the CRW 10 stack at Errol Airfield 31st August 1996.

Date of release 1996. Running time 6.20

An Interview with Skydivers Over Sixty filmed at Langar in July 2016

The interview was conducted at Langar on 2nd July 2016 by Les Cooper (SOS 50). The SOS members featured are Niels Hanson, the founder of the British SOS, John Houghland who later played a part and Chris Shaw the main Load Organiser. The video also includes the recent 6 Way RW Sequential World Record which was achieved at Langar on 19th June 2016.

With grateful thanks to Les Cooper and Skydivers Over Sixty

Date of release 2016. Running time 18.31

POPS UK 50th Anniversary European record attempt Langar

This video is a record of the POPS UK 50th Anniversary 50-way European record attempt in September 2016

With grateful thanks to Les Cooper and POPS UK

Date of release 2016. Running time 18.31