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This Weeks Very Special Phind is a 
1946 Parachute Chest Type 
Serial # 43-476988
Roswell AAF. New Mexico

This was Given to us by a very special Family. It was Given to the father in the 1946 Army To be returned to Roswell N.M. Issuing Organization Dallas Texas. 
As we all know Roswell is where Area 54 is and the Great UFO controversy. 
The Parachute comes with the Actual Memorandum Receipt from the Untied States War Office Dates May 1, 1946
What a great Piece of History!


1919 - 1946: Skydiving and Parachuting Firsts

After two years of development and tests, the Air Corps Team finalized the production prototype of their manually operated A-type emergency bail-out parachute. The Hoffman Team chief pilot and parachute design lead was stunt parachutist Floyd Smith, a civilian contractor. Smith contracted out the test jump to Barnstormer and parachutist “Sky-Hi” Irvin, also a civilian. Production-ready for live drop test, Irvin was hired and brought in to jump the first article of the new rig. Irvin’s live descent was made from a de Havilland DH.4 -- a two-seat biplane Light bomber over McCook Flying Field at Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday 19 April 1919. It was a jump and pull without delay.
Receipt dated May 01, 1946 Roswell N.M.& Dallas Texas.

In mid 1947, a United States Air Force balloon, mistaken for a UFO, crashed at a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, prompting claims that the crash was of an extraterrestrial spaceship.[1] Following wide initial interest, the military stated that the crash was merely of a conventional weather balloon.[2] Interest subsequently waned until the late 1970s, when ufologists began promoting a variety of increasingly elaborate conspiracy theories, claiming that one or more alien spacecraft had crash-landed, and that the extraterrestrial occupants had been recovered by the military, who then engaged in a cover-up.

Below is a unique way to reinvent a Parachute in a loving manor.



Off-white silk parachute wedding dress. Shaped front neckline with upper section curved ending in shallow V at center front. Front bodice with darts from above bust extending to shoulder. Center front seam with five-inch section of full gathers at bust level. Back bodice with shoulder and waistline darts. Thirteen 3/8" diameter self-fabric ball buttons/buttonholes at center back. Left side zipper. Waistline seam. Long set-in sleeves with full gathered cap and more fitted below elbow. Pointed lower edge with two self-fabric ball buttons/buttonholes fasteners at wrist.
Eleven gore floor-length skirt, smoothly falling from waistline seam -- no gathers or pleats. Six-seven foot train. Several pieced, flat-felled seams evident in lower skirt and train for effective use of parachute fabric to make garment. Machine stitched hem. Garment totally unlined.

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