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February 23rd 2016

Army invites you to try skydiving – using virtual reality

Soldiers will give thrill-seekers the chance to try skydiving – using virtual reality technology, at an Army recruitment event in Nottingham on Saturday.

The Army Reserve are offering daredevils the experience of jumping out planes using Gear VR powered by Oculus Rift, at the event on the 27th February at the Army Reserve Centre, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2GG.

Members of the public will be able to try the 360-degree Oculus Rift technology at the recruitment event that starts at 10am.

Lance Corproal Steve Walton from the Army Recruiting Team said: “It’s a fantastic piece of equipment, it’s the most realistic experience without getting in a plane.”

The event will feature more than a dozen Army units from across the East Midlands including 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment, 162 Movement Regiment RLC, 4 Mercian Regiment and the Royal Yeomanry.

Military vehicles and equipment will be on display including a R-WMIK and Quad Bike and Signals equipment.

Pictured:Mr Julian Cook from Leicester experiencing a patrol with the British Army using the Oculus Drift headset. A grey, wet and windy Saturday was brightened by Army musicians when they performed a surprise Flashmob in Leicester as part of an Army Reserve Recruitment event. The Army muscians from the Band of The Queen's Division stepped out from Army stands to perform 'Jai Ho' from the film Slum Dog Milllionaire and the Star Wars theme tune before marching off and slipping back into the crowds as quickly as they had arrived. The Flashmob was part of the Army Reserve recruitment event in the city that featured more than a dozen Army units from across the East Midlands including 101 Military Working Dog Squadron based in St George's Barracks, North Luffenham. NOTE TO DESKS:  MoD release authorised handout images.  All images remain Crown Copyright 2016.  Photo credit to read -Sgt Jamie Peters RLC (Phot) Email: jamiepeters@mediaops.army.mod.uk richardwatt@mediaops.army.mod.uk shanewilkinson@mediaops.army.mod.uk Richard Watt - 07836 515306 Shane Wilkinson - 07901 590723

Captain Tim Fleming of 4PARA added: “The British Army Reserve gives you opportunities which you don’t get on Civvie Street. It offers more than your run-of-the-mill nine to five job including overseas trips, adventure training such as sking, climbing, mountain biking and and scuba diving. You get paid for it too on top of your full-time job, which is a real bonus and you receive holiday pay and pension.”

Soldiers from all walks of life, performing roles ranging from chefs to mechanics will be at the event.

Members of the public will be able to handle military weapons and kit including thermal imaging goggles and laser sights.

Recruiting staff will be on hand to speak to anyone who is interested in a new challenge and wishes to sign up.

 

“It’s a fantastic piece of equipment, it’s the most realistic experience without getting in a plane.”