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Falcon Leap
Latest update: August 2018
Falcon Leap 2018 Falcon Leap 2017 Falcon Leap 2016
September 19 - 22
Falcon Leap 2015    
Falcon Leap 2017 - see link above - contains an article about the exercise. This article has been published by Air Forces Monthly Issue 357 December 2017.
Exercise Falcon Leap
Exercise Falcon Leap is an international exercise for paratroopers organized by Koninklijke Landmacht (Royal Netherlands Army – RNLA) 11 Luchtmobiele Brigade Air Assault  “7 december” (11LMB - 11 Air Mobile Brigade).

In 2015 the first edition of Falcon Leap was organized. Until then paratroopers from NATO countries flew in for one day to take part in the WWII Operation Market Garden commemoration para jumps at the Ginkelse heide held annually on the third Saturday of September (2018 fourth Saturday). Falcon Leap provides the participating paratroopers three days of training with their colleagues from other countries concluded by the Market Garden commemoration jumps.

Falcon Leap uses two drop zones at the Veluwe region. Houtdorperveld (between the villages of Ermelo and Garderen along the N302) and Ginkelse heide (city of Ede along the N224). For Falcon Leap (when training requires) military aviation terrain Deelen can be used however compared to the 'round' parachutes used at above locations jumps are made with the Military Free Fall (MFF) chutes.
"Round" Military Free Fall "Square"

Para drops at Houtdorperveld and Ginkelse heide can be viewed. Please take note of instructions given by personnel to ensure the safety of both viewers and para's. In the period from 2015 until 2017 below jump schedule was used:
Day Drop zone Exercise
Wednesday Houtdorperveld Falcon Leap
Thursday Ginkelse heide Falcon Leap
Friday Houtdorperveld Falcon Leap
Saturday Ginkelse heide Market Garden

MLT Deelen isn't accessible for public viewing.

The participating transport aircraft are based at Eindhoven. Paratroopers board the aircraft which then depart to the drop zones where they will be assigned to a holding track. When called in for the jumps the first run can be a dry run with no para's being dropped. When the para's are dropped runs over the drops zones are made until all para's have departed the aircraft which depending on the number of paratroopers in an aircraft can lead to three or four runs. The formation then returns to Eindhoven where to pick up the next group of para's. Depending on the allocated time slot and the weather at both Eindhoven and the drop zone three missions per day can be flown.
Falcon Leap participating countries
Country Aircraft 2018 2017 2016 2015
Belgium C-130H   No No Yes
Germany C-160D   Yes Yes Yes
Netherlands C-130H(.30)   Yes Yes Yes
Poland C-295M   Yes Yes No
United States C-130J.30   Yes Yes No
Falcon Leap participants photogallery
Belgium C-130H Hercules Germany C-160D Transall Netherlands C-130H Hercules
Poland C-295M  United States C-130J.30