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Freefall Centennial


Parachutist magazine article highlights

Dayton's McCook Field and

freefall parachute history


Parachutist is the official publication of the U.S. Parachute Association.

An article in the April 2019 issue of Parachutist magazine entitled "It all started in Dayton", by Ann Armstrong Ingoldsby, relates the story of the first freefall skydive that occurred 100 years ago this month. Read about McCook Field, Leslie Irving, and James Floyd Smith by clicking this link to the Parachutist online magazine:

https://parachutistonline.com/p/Article/it-all-started-in-dayton

(There is also a link in the article to the Parachutist archives with a story on the 50th anniversary of freefall in 1969).


To learn more about parachute history, visit the Aviation Trail Parachute Museum in Dayton (see the Aviation Trail website Parachute Museum page).