Bail out and parachutes

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Bail out and parachutes

Post by parahist » 23 Aug 2019 08:48

Many allied pilots and aircrew members need to bail out and use parachutes over German side. What happened to those parachutes?
What was their continued use? Did Luftwaffe use allied parachutes or not?

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Re: Bail out and parachutes

Post by ju55dk » 28 Aug 2019 15:06

LW did not use allied parachutes.
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Re: Bail out and parachutes

Post by parahist » 30 Aug 2019 04:33

Thanks. Do you know what they did for those parachutes?

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Re: Bail out and parachutes

Post by Sheldrake » 30 Aug 2019 10:10

Recycled into lingerie?

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Re: Bail out and parachutes

Post by Felix C » 01 Sep 2019 13:47

Were parachutes always silk? I imagine that was a material difficult to source in the european Axis.

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Re: Bail out and parachutes

Post by parahist » 07 Sep 2019 10:01

At the beginning of the war parachutes was made mously silk. Later there was also other material.

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Re: Bail out and parachutes

Post by LineDoggie » 07 Sep 2019 18:57

parahist wrote:
30 Aug 2019 04:33
Thanks. Do you know what they did for those parachutes?
Would depend if the canopies were damaged

And could they be modified to German harnesses and packs

and would it even be economically worth it to recycle as parachutes for the number recovered undamaged
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Re: Bail out and parachutes

Post by parahist » 11 Oct 2019 19:42

[/quote]Would depend if the canopies were damaged

And could they be modified to German harnesses and packs

and would it even be economically worth it to recycle as parachutes for the number recovered undamaged
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I also belive that Germans used those parachutes. There are no sense if all of those go to "black market". It was really more economically to use those.

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Re: Bail out and parachutes

Post by Empiricist » 11 May 2023 16:03

parahist wrote:
07 Sep 2019 10:01
At the beginning of the war parachutes was made mously silk. Later there was also other material.
Before WWII parachutes all over the world were made of silk, mainly Japanese. For the USA Japanese silk was embargoed immediately after Pearl Harbor. In the USA during WWII silk was replaced by nylon for parachute manufacturing.

In the other wartime states parachutes were made of silk and percale.

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Re: Bail out and parachutes

Post by ShindenKai » 16 May 2023 18:14

Parachute tech is actually quite interesting. Fun fact: modern skydiving is actually FAR SAFER than driving a car everyday.

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