US Paratroopers Jumping From C-17 Globemaster During Spartan Valkyrie Exercice

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Military parachuting is the technique of putting in place, parachute, personnel, equipment or supplies in connection with military operations. The use of the parachute as a backup does not fit into this framework.

During World War II, the parachute was used by balloonists (observers installed in nacelles captive balloons). Indeed, during the offensive in Champagne fall of General Joffre, ballooning loses several balloons. The command asks the center of Chalais-Meudon find a parade. We immediately think of arming the car but two officers of ballooning, Lieutenant Jumesch, and Letourneur captain propose to use the parachute. A prototype is tried by Constant Duclos, a marine rifleman. Contrary to popular belief, no airline pilot was not equipped except the Germans from 1918. It was at the end of the war that Allies had the idea to use the parachute to set up a military unit. Initial trials, however, were held until 1930 in the Soviet Union. In the middle of the decade, it also interested Germany.

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