In honor of National Aviation History Month, we would
like to share with you some of the images and documents within our holdings at
the National Archives at Riverside. Today’s post comes from Tim, an archives
technician here at Riverside.
Airplanes are not just used for travel and for air
shows—you can jump from them, too! I was a part of the 2-505th Parachute
Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division in North Carolina for three
years with a total of 32 jumps altogether. My old 1st Sergeant used
to say, “Men, it doesn’t matter where you land; even if you’re landing on the
asphalt, if you keep your feet and knees together you’ll be alright.” When I
discovered that we have parachute records in our holdings, I “jumped” at the
opportunity to check them out. There are records that discuss different patents
for parachutes and parachute equipment, but what caught my eye were records that
talked about my pastime—jumping out of airplanes!
These documents show the different types of aircraft
used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Army for dropping equipment and
paratroopers. They were created by the National Parachute Test Center in China
Lake and El Centro, California.
Series: Parachute Project Files, 1970-1978. Record Group 181, Records of Naval Districts
and Shore Establishments.
The British Task Force under Argentine attack in San Carlos Water after landing troops to retake the Falklands. MV Norland is straddled by bombs as she prepares to head for open water after disembarking men of 2 Parachute Regiment. On the left is RFA Stromness and on the right is HMS Intrepid.
British Paratrooper from the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment get ready to go on patrol on July 9, 2008 in Gibraltar FOB (Forward Operating Base) in Upper Gereshk Valley ,Helmand Province, Afghanistan.