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lars_d  (D 183)

Oct 10, 2011, 5:17 AM
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When cleaning up a (dead) friends closet we found an old pioneer round canopy. He already got in contact with pioneer in 1997, to find out more about the chutes' history. Since I do not know of its origin i would appreciate if anyone has more information on these chutes (see attached text).
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piisfish

Oct 10, 2011, 6:15 AM
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sorry for your loss, and congratulations for the find. I hope that people here will be able to solve this "mistery"


JohnRich  (D License)

Oct 10, 2011, 11:17 AM
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Very cool. You might consider checking with the National Skydiving Museum and see if they would like to have a silk parachute for display.


Robert99

Oct 10, 2011, 11:20 AM
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When cleaning up a (dead) friends closet we found an old pioneer round canopy. He already got in contact with pioneer in 1997, to find out more about the chutes' history. Since I do not know of its origin i would appreciate if anyone has more information on these chutes (see attached text).

Could this parachute have been used by a WW2 American airman?


SkydiveJack  (D 6486)

Oct 10, 2011, 12:33 PM
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Lars D,

Can you please post some photos of the parachute and any container that might be with it? It would also be helpful if you could find the manufacturers data panel showing the serial number and date of manufacture.

I'm curious if Robert99's speculation that it might be from a downed US Airman is possible.

And the Museum suggestion is a great idea!


Erroll

Oct 10, 2011, 10:04 PM
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In reply to:
Could this parachute have been used by a WW2 American airman?

And again in 1971, around Thanksgiving?


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riggerrob  (D 14840)

Oct 14, 2011, 10:58 AM
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Possibly production for the Second World War.
When the Japanese tried to stop the sale of silk to the Allies, the Allies switched to nylon.
Meanwhile, German paratroopers switched to rayon canopies.
The Americans still had a enough silk, to sew a few more parachutes in 1945.
The last American-made silk parachutes that I saw were sewn in 1945.
After I packed them, they went to a museum.


lars_d  (D 183)

Oct 18, 2011, 1:17 AM
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I will add some photos the next days. As I found out my friend had done some research on the origin of this chute. see attached pics.
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Krip  (Student)

Oct 18, 2011, 9:25 AM
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In reply to:
Possibly production for the Second World War.
When the Japanese tried to stop the sale of silk to the Allies, the Allies switched to nylon.
Meanwhile, German paratroopers switched to rayon canopies.
The Americans still had a enough silk, to sew a few more parachutes in 1945.
The last American-made silk parachutes that I saw were sewn in 1945.
After I packed them, they went to a museum.

Hi RR

Fourth hand info: My wife's dad bailed out of a B-17 got to keep his canopy and must have been in italy for a while.

My father in law gave the canopy to a nice italian lady who somehow dyed the silk and weaved it into a bed spread.

The bed spread has been handed down in the family and my brother in law is supposed to have it.

We'll try and get a pic. Posting it on DZ.com will be a challenge if we can get the pic.

My father in law passed away about 10 yr's ago and my wife got the flag that was drapped over his coffin. It's locked up in our fire proof "security" vault.

The flag means more to us than the bed spread.Wink



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