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Type X Mk 2 Parachute pack, 1944 (c)

This type of parachute, used by the British airborne troops who landed at Arnhem, had a 26 ft (7.92 m) canopy made of either silk, cotton or nylon, attached to 28 rigging lines with a minimum breaking strength of 400lbs (181 kg). The Type X had a comfortable webbing harness and a single, quick release fastening over the stomach. Unlike American parachutes of the time, this model did not have a reserve parachute. This was because the British jumped from a much lower altitude than the Americans and this did not allow adequate time to use a reserve should it be needed. An excellent design, it was in service for 25 years before finally being withdrawn.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1983-06-37-3


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National Army Museum, Conflict in Europe gallery

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