Jumping at chance to dive with the Red Lions

The Straits Times photojournalist Mark Cheong (bottom) putting nerves aside for a tandem jump with Red Lions First Warrant Officer (1WO) Dave Chong last Monday. 	The jump took place at Paya Lebar Air Base, where Mr Cheong went through a quick trainin
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The Straits Times photojournalist Mark Cheong (photo) putting nerves aside for a tandem jump with Red Lions First Warrant Officer (1WO) Dave Chong last Monday.     

The jump took place at Paya Lebar Air Base, where Mr Cheong went through a quick training session, before boarding a C-130 aircraft which ascended to 10,000 feet. The free fall lasted about 30 seconds, before 1WO Chong released the parachute.     

The Red Lions have wowed crowds with their free-falling skills for years at previous National Day Parades. For this year's event, a 10-member team donning bright-red wing suits will jump from a record height of 3,800m - the highest ever in the history of the parade.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2018, with the headline 'Jumping at chance to dive with the Red Lions'. Print Edition | Subscribe