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Unique Parachute



Besides the attraction of hundreds of rare and historic aircraft, there are thousands of items of historical interest that make frequent trips to the National Museum of the United States Air Force so worthwhile. One example is the dog parachute, as shown in this memorial to “Vittles”, a boxer who flew in 131 missions during the Berlin Airlift, logging around 2000 hours of flight. The links below tell more of this fascinating story.

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/MuseumExhibits/FactSheets/Display/tabid/509/Article/196746/berlin-airlift-dog-parachute.aspx

http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/136012/flying-dogs-parachute-lands-at-us-air-force-museum.aspx

For more parachute history, see the Parachute Museum located at the Aviation Trail Visitor Center in the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, 16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402.