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This is an editorial feature of Aero.com devoted to parachutes, parachuting and parachutists. From Leonardo Da Vinci to today's technology - you will learn of the many diverse uses of parachutes. Blue skies and many soft landings! 

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FEATURE ARTICLES

"Skydiving and goose grinning"

A Frightening Parachute Ride

Paragliding: A Different Use of a Parachute

Shuttle Booster Rocket Recovery

How to Practise Parachuting

"Modern" Emergency Parachuting

Tandem Parachuting

Lindbergh's Four Emergency Jumps

Twice in Peril, Twice Saved - a Test Pilot's Bailouts

Skulduggery by Parachute

The A. Leo Stevens Parachute Medal - A Baker's Dozen of Early Recipients

Leaping from Tall Buildings: A Rescue Option - and More!

The World of Parachutes, Parachuting, and Parachutists


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