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Full length informal portrait of parachute designer Leslie Leroy Irvin (1895-1966)wearing a parachute and harness (possibly the U.S. Army Airplane Parachute Type-A). A caption written on the original photograph states "I believe this is the Chute Leslie L. Irvin jumped in for the first free fall jump Apr. 29, 1919. There were no reserve chutes for him in those days. (Mrs. Leslie L.) Zelda Irvin". Irvin was part of the U.S. Army Air Service that designed the Type-A parachute after World War I. Irvin was issued Patent 1,323,983 for his own Safety Parachute Pack in 1918.
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