The B-8 back type parachute answered the problem of the awkward B-7. Originally designed by the Pioneer Parachute Company as their Model B-3-B, the USAAF’s copy (B-8) was standardized on October 1942. The new pack contained special bow stiffeners which increased flexibility and molded around the wearer’s back. The standard B-8 had snap hook connections, while late war examples utilized bayonet hardware. The B-8 saw operational use in the ETO around late 1943, replacing the rigid B-7 and serving well into the postwar era. It was the standard rig for bomber pilots as well as operational fighter pilots of the P-38 and P-51.
Although popular belief holds that the seat pack was standard for fighter pilots, records show that from April 1943 to September 1944, back type parachutes accounted for 98% of parachutes used by fighter pilots of the P-38’s & P-51’s and 20% of the P-47 pilots. See also the AAF Bailout Stats page.
This reproduction is built exactly like the originals. The pack is built with the characteristic WWII style narrow bow stiffeners and the canvas side wings. It is complete with all the typical stamps, data panel, and patent numbers. The harness features our custom woven harness webbing and 7-class stitching. It is complete with the trapezoidal 4-pin ripcord and ripcord housing on the wearer's left side, and characteristic cushion tacked under the chest strap. The harness can also be special ordered with late style bayonet hardware and life raft fittings.
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Standard Price: $795 (Email us to order - generally ships in 3-7 days)