The Royal Jordanian Falcons (RJF) was established by a Royal Decree issued in 1976 by His Majesty the late King Hussein Bin Talal, who sought to perfect the image of Jordan and promote friendship and peace among the world's nations through aviation as an art and science.
Henceforth, the RJAF has performed on numerous occasions in various countries including the UAE,Egypt, Qatar, EU, USA, UK and Indonesia.
During the reign of His Majesty King Abdullah II, with constant support from His Majesty and under the supervision of HRH Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein, the Honorary President of the team, the RJF continues its shows and promotion of the Kingdom across the world.
It was His Majesty's vision to relocate the team to Aqaba to enhance tourism by displaying over the golden beaches of Aqaba every week, welcoming foreign and local visitors. The RJF has become a fixture of the Aqaba scene.
The Royal Jordanian Falcons is an independent national air display team. The team is funded by the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) while logistic support is provided by the RJAF and Royal Jordanian.
At its inception, the RJF started with Pitts Special aircraft, which remained in use until 1992, when they were replaced with Extra-300s. Upon Royal directives, the fleet was replaced in 2007 with modern Extra-300Ls that remained in service until 2017. In mid-February 2018, five Extra-300LXs were purchased.
The RJF's main mandate is to promote tourism in Jordan through participation in international aviation events. Its aim is to promote interest in Jordan and its culture and to advance international goodwill. It carries a message of peace and friendship through the art of aviation to all the countries where it participates in air events.
The squad performs with four aircraft flown by a selected team of RJAF's pilots, with the 15-minute display featuring aerobatics that mix formations and solo shows.
The RJF team has a great reputation worldwide. It receives several invitations every year from all continents to take part in their air events. The team has won over the past four decades many trophies and accolades in international events for the best flying formation team, thus proving the skill of the Jordanian pilots.
The RJF team has always been ambitious to create and add new maneuvers to amuse spectators and to show the skills of its pilots. There are plans plan to visit North America to cover USA and Canada in the near future.
Due to the need of proficiency, sharp skills and experience, the Royal Jordanian Falcons pilots comprise active Air Force fighter pilots who are seconded to the team for four years, or ex-RJF pilots with the same degree of proficiency.