parachute, the weight of the dummy or load, as applic-
b. Insert the .080-inch-diameter safety wire in to
able, will be proportionate with the standard design load
the .093-inch-diameter safety wire hole on the snap
of the specific parachute being tested. In addition, the
assembly to insure that wire will fit in the hole. If the
applicable type parachute will be released under
safety wire does not fit the hole in the snap assembly,
conditions which are consistent with the requirements
replace the wire length according to fabrication
for a personnel jump or equipment drop.
procedures in TM 10-1670-213-23.
c. During the drop-test of any type parachute, the
deployment of the parachute will be thoroughly
2-22. Drop-testing Criteria.
monitored and observed to detent any indication of
Drop-testing of airdrop equipment consists of
malfunction or defect. A subsequent record of the drop-
physically airdropping an item from an aircraft in flight.
test will be entered into the applicable parachute log
The drop test is used as a means of proving the
serviceability of an item or checking parachute rigger
d. Any type of airdrop equipment which indicates
proficiency and will only be performed under the
any evidence of malfunction or defect during or after a
supervision of qualified parachute rigger personnel who
drop-test will be disposed of as prescribed in paragraph
satisfy the supervisory requirements outlined in AR 750-
32. Drop-testing usually will be conducted by an activity
responsible for the inspection and maintenance of
e. A personnel parachute which is considered to
airdrop equipment, which includes either parachute
have contributed to the injury of an individual
packing or airdrop load rigging. The criteria required to
parachutist (critical or fatal) will be disposed of in
accomplish a drop test is as follows:
a. To drop-test a troop-type personnel parachute,
f. Airdrop equipment which does not reflect
the parachute will be jumped by a qualified parachute
evidence of malfunction or defect upon completion of a
rigger. An emergency-type personnel parachute or
drop-test will be administered a technical/rigger-type
reserve personnel parachute will be drop-tested through
use of a dummy only.
the item(s) may then remain in use.
b. When drop-testing either a personnel or cargo
Section V. SERVICE PROCEDURES
performed using the following procedures, as applicable.
2-23. Shakeout and Airing.
As soon as possible after recovery, airdrop
(1) Shakeout of personnel parachutes and
equipment used in airdrop operations will be
administered a shakeout.
In addition, the used
parachutes and other small parachutes will usually be
equipment will be aired if previously exposed to
accomplished by a two-man team, either indoors within
moisture or other conditions causing dampness.
a shakeout room or outdoors at a shakeout tower. Each
Shakeout and airing of airdrop items will be
parachute will be suspended by the canopy vent and all
accomplished as follows:
debris removed by shaking the canopy thoroughly or by
The purpose of individual item
brushing with a dry soft-bristle brushed as detailed
shakeout is to remove trash and debris from the item
and also to permit early detection of obvious damage or
(a) With assistance from the No. 2
defects. The shakeout of airdrop equipment may be
man, the No. 1 man will connect the snap on a pulley
performed either indoors or outdoors, depending upon
the local climatic conditions. The methods to be used in
the shakeout of equipment will vary according to the
Key to figure 1-12:
facilities available and the types of equipment
Connecting pulley rope snap to canopy vent.
undergoing shakeout. Regardless of the method being
Grasping suspension lines to shake first gore.
used, those personnel performing a shakeout function
Removing suspension line entanglements.
will continually check the equipment visually for evident
S-folding the suspension lines.
damage or defects. Shakeout of airdrop items will be