An RAF parachute instructor who died at an air force base near Bicester has been named.

Sgt Rachel Fisk, 32, who died on September 2 at RAF Weston-on-the-Green, was described as a selfless individual with an ‘infectious smile and bubbly personality'.

In a tribute, her family said: “She lived her life with joy and thoughtfulness for others and loved the career she had chosen.  Rachel will be missed by so many.”

Born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, to a military family, she joined the RAF in 2011 as a physical training instructor.

She served at RAF Wittering and the RAF College at Cranwell before she was appointed to the Parachute Training School at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. Last year, she moved to deliver adventurous training for servicemen and servicewomen at RAF Weston-on-the-Green, near Bicester.

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The air force described her as a selfless individual who worked with professionalism and diligence, ‘spurred by her passion’ for her work.

Ft Lt Nathan Ellis, commanding officer at the Joint Service Parachute Centre, said: "Rachel brought life, enjoyment and fun to all – her love for the job was infectious and she created a bond with everyone she worked with. She was a natural and conscientious instructor and a role model for her students.”

Paying tribute, Sqn Ldr Helen Simpson added: "Rachel never failed to impress with her skydiving ability and it was very clear she would go far - but it is her personality, her humour and her huge heart that will be sorely missed by all of us at Weston-on-the-Green."

An inquest into Sgt Fisk’s death is expected to be opened at Oxford Coroner’s Court on Wednesday afternoon.


Sgt Rachel Fisk Picture: RAF HANDOUT

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