As part of his job,
my father flew, with a group of managers, from Boeing in Wichita
to the company's headquarters in Seattle, Washington. I was
told that he flew on board a B-17 which can be seen in the
photo to the right.
I remember that the day before the flight, my father brought
a regulation U.S. Army parachute home to show to my mother
and me. It was made with two parts. There was a large pack
on his back with a smaller pack hanging below the large pack.
My dad told us that the larger backpack was the main parachute
while the smaller pack was an emergency 'chute which also
served as a seat cushion.
Below is the type of parachute I remember my father bringing
home to show to my mother and me.
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I was told that my father was aboard