College boys in parachute training at Salisbury Plain


Three Elizabeth College students will be taking to the skies over the Salisbury Plain next week as they take part in a week-long parachute training course at the Army Parachute Association Headquarters.

All three are members of the Elizabeth College Combined Cadet Force and aim to complete six parachute jumps over the course of the week.

In a first for the college’s CCF, they will undertake full parachute training from scratch with Army Parachute Instructors with the goal of jumping solo using a static line.

Static-line parachuting is different from skydiving in that the parachute is automatically deployed as soon as the jumper exits the plane.

One of the students taking part, George Orton, is using the opportunity to raise money for the Pink Ladies’ charity and has set up a Just Giving page.

George’s mother recently recovered from a serious illness and he wanted to say his own thank you for the excellent treatment she received.


The page is best found by accessing the Just Giving website on and then searching for ‘George Orton’.

Article courtesy of the Guernsey Press & Star

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