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50th anniversary of ram air parachutes

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The first successful parafoil drop was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1971.  My grandpa was the prototype parachute maker for the Air Force and NASA and made all of the prototypes 1948-1973.  He used 4 wood rings as sliders to slow down the opening of the canopy.  Yes, he invented sliders.

I still have the prototype and it has never been on display to the public.  I'm wondering if there is a 50th anniversary event scheduled somewhere?

Www.PrototypeParachutes.com has pictures & videos of all 30 prototypes.  We gave 28 of them to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio, where grandpa worked.

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