Sicily Style: AN6514
Before the Sicily jump by the 82nd Airborne in July 1943, there was an acute shortage of troop parachutes. Several months prior, a stray German bomb demolished an aircraft hanger containing nearly 50% of the parachute equipment on hand. Furthermore, the harsh desert terrain at the ATC center at Les Angades Aerodrome near Oujda, Morocco, only increased the wear and tear of any remaining chutes. Around this same time, the Parachute Test Section examined the Navy Dual Purpose parachute system and standardized a joint Army/Navy version known as the AN6514-1. The pack could be operated via static line or ripcord and incorporated novel features including a detachable main container, removable pack frame for easy maintenance, and an easily accessible shoulder pocket for holding the static line hook. Several serials en-route to Sicily and Salerno carried troops equipped with this rare parachute system. The ripcord and its housing were left disengaged. Following the drop, all surviving chutes were sent back to the States.
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