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Print, Lithograph on Paper with Newspaper Article, THIS SKETCH EXHIBITS THE PARACHUTE WITH MR. COCKING IN THE THREE STAGES OF THE DESCENT.
Colored lithograph showing three stages of Robert Cocking's fatal parachute descent on July 24, 1837. Top of the scene shows the parachute functioning properly after detaching from the balloon. The middle shows the parachute shortly after it malfunctioned and the frame collapsed. The bottom shows the parachute fully collapsed and descending rapidly. Charles Green's balloon is aloft in the top right corner of the image. Adhered to the same mat below the print is a newspaper article titled, "Description of the Parachute and Car, and Brief Account of the Fatal Descent of Mr. Cocking. By an Eye-Witness."
Three stages of the Robert Cocking disaster. Cocking attempted to test his own parachute design by dropping from the basket of a balloon. English, 1837
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.