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Questions tagged [parachute]

A device made of thin material designed to unfold and create drag, typically used to arrest the descent of a falling object.

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Why are commercial flights not equipped with parachutes for the passengers?

I understand that commercial flights are equipped with life vests. I also understand that most military jets are equipped with ejection seats. It may be costly and technically challenging to equip ...
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Do any commercial airline models have a parachute at rear to help in landings?

Some land-based fighter aircraft have a drogue-chute to help them slow down during landing. Do any current models of commercial aircraft have a similar mechanism? Secondly, would such a mechanism ...
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Why don't pilots parachute from small planes that are in distress?

There was another question that asked why commercial flights don't have parachutes. The almost ubiquitous response was that the parachutes would be useless because: Most accidents with commercial ...
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Can an aircraft re-pressurize at high altitude?

When parachute jumps are performed from 32000 feet (or between 28000 - 30000 feet), once the jumpers are let out from the aft (cargo area), does the aircraft need to change altitude (e.g. descent)? ...
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How much does a drag chute system weight?

How much weight does a drag chute add to a plane? Let's take the Tu-114 as an example. This plane has a loaded weight of 68.1 tons (I could not find a max landing weight figure). I could not find how ...
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Do unused parachutes need to be repacked? If so how often and why?

I was reading some military fiction and saw a comment that army airborne operations were required to repack all parachutes every ninety days, allowing parachutes that were due to be repacked soon to ...
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Why is the drogue parachute jettisoned on the runway?

Why is the drogue parachute of a military plane jettisoned on the runway? Why not drag it to the parking area for safe removal, inspection, and repacking?
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Could D.B. Cooper know where he was landing, when he parachuted?

The background story is a hijacking that happened 1971. The hijacker, referred to as D.B. Cooper, jumped from a Boeing 727 using the aft airstair. He knew in what air corridor he was (Victor 23, ...
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How big a balloon would need to be to replace a parachute? [closed]

I saw the space jump where some one skydiver jumped from a weather balloon. He reached over the speed of sound before the air became dense enough to slow him down to a safe speed to use a parachute. ...
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How robust are modern parachutes to folding errors, wear, or other problems?

My 8 year old recently got a guided tour of the parachute-packing station at the local sport airport. Afterwards she asked me what happens if the parachute is improperly packed. Since it seemed to me ...
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Why is there a difference between military parachutes and those used for skydiving?

A couple hours ago I was watching a youtube video where skydivers jump using the skydive parachute, and after that, a military training where the soldiers jump using "old" type parachute, the dome ...