A Brief History of Parachuting Airborne Forces

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In April 1914, Charles Broadwick invented the back pack container, his design resembled a sleeveless coat, the canopy and suspension lines were stowed on the back, the apex was attached to a static line on the back with a breakaway tie and a static line that could be hooked anywhere available. It was similar to the design used today. He …

Space Parachuting – The Sky isn’t the Limit. The Ground is – Part 2

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Another freefaller is Michel Fournier, a retired French parachute regiment officer. He has made some 8,000 jumps, and is the French record holder for the longest fall, from an altitude of about 37,000 feet (12,000 meters). “I love discovering and experimenting. I’m a realistic go-getter, a little stubborn at times,”Fournier said. Calling his effort the “Big Jump”, Fournier has assembled …

Space Parachuting – The Sky isn’t the Limit. The Ground is!

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WASHINGTON — Everybody knows it was Neil Armstrong that took that historic one small step. But now several parachutists are aiming to take giant leaps that could lead to a new form of extreme sport – spacediving. Technology and bravado are merging to create a new breed of high-altitude hopefuls – people ready to take the fall of a lifetime. …