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 https://switlik.com/pages/our-story
The Aviation Trail Parachute Museum
16 South Williams Street
Dayton, OH 45402
The Aviation Trail Parachute Museum is Site #1b on the Aviation Trail