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Ex-Trapeze Artist Made Parachute Safer
#2 in a series of videos presented by the Aviation Trail Parachute Museum:
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
The latest story highlights the Army Air Service's parachute research team at Dayton's McCook Field where engineer James Floyd Smith and ex-stuntman Leslie Irvin helped develop the modern parachute in 1919.
The Harold Harris Story
#1 in a series of videos presented by the Aviation Trail Parachute Museum:
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.