Parachute FAQs:

Q: Is a parachute a device used to slow the motion of an object through an atmosphere by creating drag?

A: Yes, Parachutes are usually made out of light, strong cloth, originally silk, now most commonly nylon.

Q: Are parachutes packed and deployed somewhat differently?

A: Yes.

Q: Are parachutes of the square variety?

A: Yes, because of the greater reliability, and the less-demanding handling characteristics.

Q: Are parachutes classified into two categories – ascending and descending canopies?

A: Yes.

Q: Are parachutes used with a variety of loads?

A: Yes, and including people, food, equipment, space capsules, and bombs.

Q: Was a parachute by artillery observers on tethered observation balloons in World War I?

A: Yes, These were tempting targets for enemy fighter aircraft, though difficult to destroy, due to their heavy anti-aircraft defenses.

Q: Is a parachute in a more favorable proportion to the weight of the jumper?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a parachute carefully folded?

A: Yes, or "packed" to ensure that it will open reliably.

Q: Are parachutes purely a drag device and are used in military?

A: Yes, and emergency and cargo applications.

Q: Was a parachute sketched by the polymath Leonardo da Vinci in his Codex Atlanticus dated to ca?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a parachute not packed properly it can result in a malfunction where the main parachute fails to deploy correctly or fully?

A: Yes.

Q: Were parachutes issued to Allied "heavier-than-air" aircrew?

A: Yes, since it was thought at the time that if a pilot had a parachute he would jump from the plane when hit rather than trying to save the aircraft.

Q: Are parachutes also hard to build?

A: Yes.

Q: Are parachutes loosely divided into two varieties – rectangular or tapered – commonly called "squares" or "ellipticals"?

A: Yes, and respectively.

Q: Was a parachute in a bag suspended from the balloon with the pilot wearing only a simple waist harness attached to the main parachute?

A: Yes.

Q: Are parachutes classified as semi-rigid wings?

A: Yes, and which are maneuverable and can make a controlled descent to collapse on impact with the ground.

Q: Are parachutes usually deployed by static lines that release the parachute?

A: Yes, yet retain the deployment bag that contains the parachute—without relying on a pilot chute for deployment.

Q: Was a parachute first adopted on a large scale for their observation balloon crews by the Germans?

A: Yes, and then later by the British and French.

Q: Is a parachute 9 m long?

A: Yes.

Q: Were parachutes made of linen stretched over a wooden frame?

A: Yes, and in the late 1790s, Blanchard began making parachutes from folded silk, taking advantage of silk's strength and light weight.

Q: Was a parachute pulled from the pack by a static line attached to the balloon?

A: Yes.

Q: Were parachutes simple?

A: Yes, and flat circulars.

Q: Are parachutes measured the same way as aircraft wings?

A: Yes, and by comparing span with chord.

Q: Was a parachute invented in the late 18th century by Louis-Sébastien Lenormand in France?

A: Yes, and who made the first recorded public jump in 1783.

Q: Are parachutes measured similarly to that of aircraft?

A: Yes, and comparing exit weight to area of parachute fabric.

Q: Was a parachute pulled from the bag by the crew's waist harness?

A: Yes, and first the shroud lines, followed by the main canopy.

Q: Was a parachute put into production and over time saved a number of lives?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a parachute the pull down apex parachute?

A: Yes.

Q: Are parachutes packed by "riggers" who must be trained and certified according to legal standards?

A: Yes.