Presented by The Smithsonian Channel

What It Was Like to Parachute into Enemy Fire in WWII

Smithsonian Channel video

#4 in a series of videos featured on the Aviation Trail Parachute Museum Theater:

Julian "Bud" Rice, a WWII veteran, recounts the harrowing experience of parachuting out of a C-47 under German fire on the eve of D-Day.

Space Jump-Col. (Ret.) Joe Kittinger

#3 in a series of videos featured on the Aviation Trail Parachute Museum Theater:

In photo at left: Captain Kittinger views the Parachute Museum Kittinger display.

Presented by National Museum of the United States Air Force

National Museum of the United States Air Force video

In 1960 Captain Joseph Kittinger set the record at the time of the highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump (102,800 feet), longest drogue fall and fastest speed by a human through the atmosphere (614 mph). One of the Parachute Museum's most popular exhibits, designed to appeal to both adults and children, is an interactive display of Joe Kittinger's famous jump.

Watch for upcoming Parachute Museum Theater presentations of subsequent record jumps. 

Ex-Trapeze Artist Made Parachute Safer

#2 in a series of videos featured on the Aviation Trail Parachute Museum Theater:

Toward the end of WWI, it became clear to the U.S. government that pilots needed parachutes to better save their lives. So, they set up a crack team to come up with a practical and workable design.

"Ex-Trapeze Artist Made Parachutes Safer", Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel video

Presented by Smithsonian Channel

The Harold Harris Story

#1 in a series of videos featured on the Aviation Trail Parachute Museum Theater:

Watch the story of the first emergency bailout of an aircraft with a freefall parachute rig Type A on October 22, 1922 at Dayton Ohio by Lt. Harold R Harris. He landed safely in a grape arbor in a Dayton neighborhood at 335 Troy Street. His disabled Loening Monoplane P-233 crashed in the yard of a house on Valley Street. The freefall landing site is marked by an Aviation Trail sign on a street side utility pole at the Troy Street location.

Presented by the Aviation Trail Parachute Museum.


Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

Visitor Center:

For details and seasonal date schedules see

or please call (937) 225-7705 for the current park schedule.

See the Visitor Center page for details on hours and for a map.


From W. Third St., turn south on Williams St and then turn left on Fourth St. Go 1/2 block and turn left into the Visitor Center parking area.

CLICK HERE for a parking map.

Travel Note - Third St. Bridge closure:

The Third Street Bridge will be CLOSED beginning Jan. 1, 2020 until approximately Oct. 2021. Visitors can use the Fifth St. Bridge or the Salem Ave. Bridge as detours from downtown Dayton. A file with more detailed instructions for visitors traveling from the north or south via I-75, or from the east and west via US35 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.


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- In Partnership with the National Park Service


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