A Review of High-Glide Personnel Parachutes and Their Potential for Military Airborne Operations
ARMY NATICK LABS MA
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The successful accomplishment of certain types of military airborne operations would be enhanced if the parachutists had the capability to glide and maneuver across relatively large distances while descending to their intended landing area. Many jumps by sport parachutists and military exhibition teams have demonstrated the feasibility of maneuverable, high-glide personnel parachutes. The performance characteristics of the best known high-glide parachute designs are reviewed along with their possible application to military personnel airdrop operations. Although sport and exhibition jumps are being made as an everyday occurrence, many problems of a theoretical and practical nature remain to be solved for the successful application of high-glide parachutes to the more demanding requirements that might be necessary for military operations involving paratroopers.
- Gliders and Parachutes
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics