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History of the Parachute


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Andrew Garnerin - First Recorded Parachute Jump
Premier descent en parachute

Premier descent en parachute, 1797 - Gouache and watercolor

Painting by Etienne Chevalier de Lorimier
In 1797 (October 22), Andrew Garnerin was the first person recorded to jump with a parachute without a rigid frame. Garnerin jumped from hot air balloons as high as 8,000 feet in the air. Garnerin also designed the first air vent in a parachute intended to reduce oscillations.

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