National Parachute Bail-Out
National is in the life saving business. We sincerely hope that
you will never have to experience any of our parachutes in an
actual emergency, but we want you to rest assured that it will
be there when you need it. The following are the most recent
reports of "parachute saves." We hope you find them as
heartwarming as we do.
Two gliders had a
collision south of Stockholm. Mr. Stefan Dahlgren had to jump
out and use a National Parachute to save his life.
That was the first parachute
save in Sweden since 1989. Stefan jumped from a LS-4 glider at
airdrome Vangso. The parachute and glider are owned by the club
Ostra Sormlands Flygklubb.
Bob Bishop was flying his
BD-J5 jet fast and low to mimic an enemy cruise missile during
military war games along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Bob caught a
whiff of fuel, then he lost fuel pressure and the engine
failed. Flames were licking at his blue jeans, Bob knew he was
in trouble. Using his 300 mph airspeed, he pulled up into a
steep climb topping out at nearly 2,400 feet AGL. After
releasing the jet's canopy and seat belt, Bob stood up and dove
to the right. Bob cleared the wing and opened his NATIONAL 360
Parachute. He made a safe landing, the jet crashed and burned!
Congratulations on saving
another life. My friend and coach, Sergei Boriak had to bail
out of the "Velox" he was flying last week, in a training
flight, due to a broken torque tube to the elevator, and landed
safely in a tree. He's just fine. Airplane is not. -- Patty
Wagstaff, Patty Wagstaff Air Shows.
Again many thanks for the Chute that saved my life. -- Mat
I wanted to let you know
how much I appreciate you guys at National Parachute making an
unbelievable product. When I purchased my parachute in 1997 I
had no idea what a priceless purchase this was going to be for
me. For all practical purposes I probably shouldn't even be
here to write this note to you, but because of National
Parachute I am. I can not thank you enough! -- Henry Coffeen,
Coffeen Air Shows.
February 6, 1997
Some GOOD news -- our
first Australian save with a NATIONAL Parachute. John Dennis
was involved in a midair during the recent National Gliding
Championships. Unfortunately, the other pilot died (reports
thus far indicate probably to injuries received during impact).
However, John had just enough time after exiting the cockpit to
say "I hope this works" while pulling the ripcord and the chute
immediately opened and about 3 seconds later he was on the
ground, ALIVE. He can not speak highly enough of his NATIONAL
Parachute -- Carol Borgelt, Borgelt Instruments.
September 24, 1995
Do you know what the most
beautiful site in the world is? I certainly do. It is a 24
foot conical red and white National parachute opening up after
my 15 year old son was forced to bail out of our out of control
aerobatics plane at 3,500 feet. The second most beautiful site
was my own canopy which soon followed when I bailed out of the
plane at 2,000 feet, unable to maintain control any further of
the aircraft. We both landed without incident and I am happy to
report, there were no injuries and we are both fine. I can't
say as much for the aircraft, which, soon after our departure,
dove into the ground out of control and was completely
demolished. Both of our parachutes functioned flawlessly and I
appreciate so much the obvious quality of the material and
workmanship. My son and I are very grateful and just wanted to
express our sincerest