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Hoffman-Russell Parachute Company Corporate Records
SDASM.SC.10074  
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Description
The Hoffman-Russell Parachute Company was founded by James M. Russell and Major Edward L. Hoffman, both of whom helped design first parachute at McCook Flying Field in Dayton, Ohio, which was adopted by the Army Air Corps.
Background
James M. Russell had little to no aviation experience before becoming a major contributor to the evolution of parachutes. He helped design the first parachute at McCook Flying Field in Dayton, Ohio with Major Edward L. Hoffman, and this parachute was adopted by the Army Air Corps. Following this, Russell came to San Diego and designed the “Lobe” parachute, which reduced the force the handler experienced when the parachute was deployed by 1/3rd of other parachutes, as well as eliminating oscillation that plagued previous parachutes on their descent. Russell also patented the parachute pack. These two innovations led to the development of the Russell Parachute Company, located in San Diego. The company aimed to sell its parachutes to the military, but it also advertised towards commercial aviation. The company insisted that all aircraft passengers should be provided with a parachute in the case of an emergency.
Extent
0.36 Cubic Feet One Box
Restrictions
Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.
Availability
The collection is open to researchers by appointment.