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Parachute Museum Receives Donation from Switlik Survival Products

Major Acquisition from Historic Parachute Company

In January of 2024 the Aviation Trail Parachute  Museum received a significant donation of vintage parachutes and artifacts to add to its collection. The donation was made by Switlik Survival Products, an early manufacturer of parachutes and a leader in survival products.

A few of the items are shown below:

#1   1941 German Paratrooper chute;

#2   Observation Balloon Guardian Angel chute from WWI;

#3   Air Force C-11 Experimental canopy with side vents;

#4   Japanese parachute with container with silk canopy from 1939;

#5   Early Balloonist chute with trapeze bar 1900.

These are but a few of the items received. Having received two full skids of parachutes and gear it will take some time to photograph log and prepare for storage/display. We anticipate the materials will be available to the public by the end of February. 

About Switlik Survival Products:

ESTABLISHED IN 1920, Switlik Parachute Co. has been owned and operated by the Switlik family for four generations and is known worldwide as a manufacturer of the highest quality sewn and heat sealed inflatable safety and survival products for the aviation, marine, and military/government markets. Our capabilities include a wide variety of anti-exposure and anti-g suits, inflatable life rafts, inflatable life vests, inflation systems and other specialty textile-based military equipment all manufactured at our 85,000 sq. ft facility located in Trenton, NJ USA.

Switlik Parachute Company and Switlik Survival Products

1325 East State Street

Trenton, NJ 08609-1328

Learn more about the fascinating history of Switlik at


The Aviation Trail Parachute Museum

16 South Williams Street

Dayton, OH 45402

(937) 225-7705


The Aviation Trail Parachute Museum is Site #1b on the Aviation Trail


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