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The first parachute descent in the UK, 1802

The first parachute descent in the UK, 1802

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Drawing of the first parachute descent in the UK. The parachute was invented by the Frenchman Andre- Jacques Garnerin (1769-1823) who made this descent in Grosvenor Square, London, in September 1802. Garnerin made the first parachute jump on October 22nd 1797 in Paris. He reached an altitude of about 800m in a balloon and then he cut the rope which held the balloon and the basket together. The basket went down hanging from a parachute. He used the same technique for the jump illustrated here.

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