Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This collection concerns the Irving Air Chute Company and its products. Included are a Technical Report on the Design Features of the Irvin Automatic Opener, a Consulting Engineer's Comments on the Irvin Automatic Opener, news reports relating to the use of parachutes for airplane passengers and a three folders of photographs featuring Irvin products and installations. Also included with this donation was a folder of reports and information on the North American X-15.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • North American X-15
  • Parachutes
  • Aeronautics
  • Aeronautics--Safety measures

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


Gafford, George L


  • Irvin, Leslie L
  • Irving Air Chute Co

Physical description

0.45 cubic feet (1 legal document box)


  • 1944
  • 1944-1950


Leslie L. Irvin, developer of the innovative Irvin Air Chute, was the first aviator to make a parachute descent with a free type, manually operated parachute. This type of parachute is complete in one unit and attached to the body of the wearer. Mr. Irvin was to become the President and Chief Engineer of the Irving Air Chute Company, manufacturers of "The Lifesaver of the Air."

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


  • Photographs
  • Collection descriptions
  • Reports

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