Accession Number : ADA323449

Title :   High Altitude Bailouts.

Descriptive Note : Memorandum rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR MATERIEL COMMAND WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH ENGINEERING DIV

Personal Author(s) : Mazza, Vincent ; Briggs, Randall W. ; Carroll, C. E. ; Wheeler, Richard V.

PDF Url : ADA323449

Report Date : 18 SEP 1950

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : It was believed, prior to l943, that if the parachute were opened at high altitude a severe opening shock would be avoided because of the decreased density of the atmosphere. Such a jump would require the prolonged use of oxygen during the descent in the parachute, as well as adequate clothing for protection against the extreme cold at altitude. An experimental jump of this type from 4O,OOO feet was accomplished by Col. V. R. Lovelace, II, M. C. on 24 June l943. Memorandum Report Engineering Division NO. 49-695-1K dated 9 July l943). He suffered an extremely hard opening shock which rendered him unconscious and caused him to lose both gloves from the left hand. When he recovered he had a frozen left hand and was suffering from shock. The nylon glove on the right hand served to protect it from frostbite.

Descriptors :   *HIGH ALTITUDE, *PARACHUTES, *BAILOUT, LOW TEMPERATURE, NYLON, OXYGEN, SHOCK, EJECTION SEATS, CLOTHING, ESCAPE SYSTEMS, FROSTBITE.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Gliders and Parachutes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE