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    After 50 years, the Army gets a new parachute

    Ultra and Doc, I know this will be near and dear to your heart.

    http://dvice.com/archives/2009/10/after-50-years.php

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    America's army has used the same round T-10 parachute since the 1950s, but since then soldiers have been carrying heavier loads and demanded more out of their drops. The answer? The new T-11 chute, which features a larger, squared canopy capable of delivering heavier gear at a slower rate of descent.

    The T-11 is 28% larger and falls 49% slower, allowing it to carry more without sending troops crashing into the ground. It also features an improved harness that allows for more integration with modern equipment and an upgraded sleeve deployment system that "creates more space between parachutes as they deploy and inflate," which should cut down on things getting tangled up in midair, and collisions.
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    Re: After 50 years, the Army gets a new parachute

    Stand-up, Hook-up, Shuffle to the door...Jump right out on the count of 4!

    Sweet.
    That will save these guys from a lot of knee problems.

    The only problem could be more chances for ground drag...that sucks!

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    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    Stand-up, Hook-up, Shuffle to the door...Jump right out on the count of 4!

    Sweet.
    That will save these guys from a lot of knee problems.

    The only problem could be more chances for ground drag...that sucks!
    Dropping 49% slower... hmmm... term sitting duck comes to mind...
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    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    Stand-up, Hook-up, Shuffle to the door...Jump right out on the count of 4!

    Sweet.
    That will save these guys from a lot of knee problems.

    The only problem could be more chances for ground drag...that sucks!
    There was blood upon the risers, there were brains upon the chute, intestines were a danglin' from his paratrooper boots, They picked him up, still in his chute, and poured him from his boots,
    And he aint gonna jump no more.

    Love that song.

    Ground drag. Been there, done that, not fun.
    I only jumped those T-10's in jump school. I wouldn't characterize those landings as plush.
    I'm happy to hear, they finally got something better.
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    "BleedinPandG" wrote:
    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    Stand-up, Hook-up, Shuffle to the door...Jump right out on the count of 4!

    Sweet.
    That will save these guys from a lot of knee problems.

    The only problem could be more chances for ground drag...that sucks!
    Dropping 49% slower... hmmm... term sitting duck comes to mind...
    Not really.
    50 years ago the average soldier weighed 185 lbs with a 35 pound combat load, today the average soldier is closer to 200 lbs with a 50 to 60 pound combat load.
    The T-10 just wasn't cutting it anymore, people were getting hurt.
    Combat jumps are made into "green" areas close to combat but not directly into a fire fight (except in the dark of night on a new moon, scary).
    Combat jumps are not like the movies or video games protray them.
    The biggest danger is, as Ultra pointed out, ground drag, and if you can't collapse that canopy quickly you can be pulled through some pretty rough terrain.

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    Re: After 50 years, the Army gets a new parachute






    Now where talking boys!

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    Re: After 50 years, the Army gets a new parachute

    All I can say is - Hoo-Rah!
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    Re: After 50 years, the Army gets a new parachute

    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    Stand-up, Hook-up, Shuffle to the door...Jump right out on the count of 4!

    Sweet.
    That will save these guys from a lot of knee problems.

    The only problem could be more chances for ground drag...that sucks!


    No doubt Ultra, not to mention ankles, backs, ect ect....Hell, I swear I came home an inch shorter than I went in at


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    Re: After 50 years, the Army gets a new parachute

    "BleedinPandG" wrote:
    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    Stand-up, Hook-up, Shuffle to the door...Jump right out on the count of 4!

    Sweet.
    That will save these guys from a lot of knee problems.

    The only problem could be more chances for ground drag...that sucks!
    Dropping 49% slower... hmmm... term sitting duck comes to mind...
    You can dump air and descend faster with any chute. But in reality, there isn't a lot of use for combat jumps anymore.
    HALO insertion is still used.

    But Helicopters and that new goofy plane with the engines that can go vertical have replaced the need for most combat jumps.

    There was only one official combat jump in the Vietnam war. It was made by the 173rd Airborne.
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    "jargomcfargo" wrote:
    "BleedinPandG" wrote:
    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    Stand-up, Hook-up, Shuffle to the door...Jump right out on the count of 4!

    Sweet.
    That will save these guys from a lot of knee problems.

    The only problem could be more chances for ground drag...that sucks!
    Dropping 49% slower... hmmm... term sitting duck comes to mind...
    You can dump air and decend faster with any chute. But in reality, there isn't a lot of use for combat jumps anymore.
    HALO insertion is still used.

    But Helicopters and that new goofy plane with the engines that can go vertical have replaced the need for most combat jumps.

    There was only one official combat jump in the Vietnam war. It was made by the 173rd Airborne.
    Dead on J,
    after all my training jumps, and maybe a dozen during duty, I ended up being transported in a " SLICK "
    100% of the time, and rode them lines down to the ground...
    My last 6 years, I never backed
    a chute pack again....


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