# Can I use parachute fabric to cover an aircraft fuselage and wings?

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Are there disadvantages to using parachute fabric to cover an experimental aircraft? So far I observed the following:

1. I believe I put this fabric in an open place for a year
2. I found no cracks after a year, approximately
3. When I tried to set the fabric on fire after a year it didn't catch on fire. It shrunk, but it didn't burn.
4. I didn't feel any weaknesses or holes in the fabric
5. I also checked the tension of fabric
6. In a weight test it up to 10 kg baggage

Now I'm trusting this imported parachute fabric.

I tested three pieces: one original, a second doped in poly varnish, and a third with a paste of mud/soil/sand mixed with poly varnish. The third is best and resists fire best.

Can I use it cover an aircraft?

• Here's a couple of opionions: when you are building an aircraft to which you'll entrust your life, (1) you need better tests on a key component than just "I found some material & a year later it hasn't ripped, so it must be good", and (2) you need more authoritative advice than you can get on an internet message board. Our purpose here is not to provide advice on material we've never seen to be used in a safety critical (i.e. literally life and death) application. If you're building an airplane, get expert advice -- a licensed aircraft mechanic, for instance. – Ralph J Mar 30 '18 at 13:40
• I don't think it's possible to answer this question without knowing exactly what the parachute material is. Even then, we don't know what your home-made doping paste is or how it will perform. I think you really need some local, hands-on support on this. I don't know where you are, but EAA or a similar organization could help you if it exists near you. – Pondlife Mar 30 '18 at 14:27