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    24 inch (drogue? cargo?) parachute

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    Post by Kurtenstein Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:09 pm


    I inherited a smal (24 inch diameter) parachute from my grandfather. He served in the RCN during WWII - he was a stoker, mainly aboard HMCS Qu'Appelle (H69), ex-HMS Foxhound. The chute was apparently given to him by his brother-in-law who also served on a ship, apparently on an aircraft carrier.

    I searched all over the Internet but never found a single picture of a similar parachute. I presume it's either a cargo parachute for ammo or light weapons, or perhaps a drogue parachute used to open a larger chute, or perhaps even to stabilize some free fall weapon (a torpedo?). I'm not even sure it was used by the Canadian military - but since my grandfather served on a ship and considering the fact that the chute is in near mint condition and was probably never used, it was probably given to him by a fellow soldier from Canada.

    However... there might be another story: my great-aunt worked in a parachute factory in Montreal during the war... maybe she got it from there as a souvenir at the end of the war!

    So... does anyone recognize this sort of parachute?

    Thank you!

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    Post by Infanteer Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:20 pm

    To me, this looks like the small chute used for aerial equipment drops. This type of chute would pull out the larger cargo chute(s). It was a multi stage process. But that's just what it resembles to me. It's a very cool piece.

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