02 Apr '12, 12pm
Freefall! XVIII Airborne Corps leaders jump with the #USArmy's new T-11 parachute
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 30, 2012) -- Senior leaders from the XVIII Airborne Corps jumped the T-11 advanced tactical parachute system over Normandy Drop Zone, here, March 22. Prior to the airborne operation, all jumpers, whether they had jumped the parachute before or not, participated in new equipment training at the U.S. Army's Advanced Airborne School, also located at Fort Bragg, to become familiar with the parachute system and its components. "The T-11 parachute is the first revolutionary change in tactical parachutes in more than 51 years," said Lt. Col. John Ring, director of operations, XVIII Abn. Corps. "It's the first static line parachute where you actually experience freefall for a period of time. [With] every other static line parachute that we jump, you are tied to the airplane all the way until the parachute is completely deployed." The T-11 parachute system h...