(c) Using a pedestal-type electric fan
(b) Through use of the pulley rope, the
located a suitable distance from the canopy skirt or
No. 2 man will raise the canopy to a suitable height
natural wind currents, inflate the canopy.
which will enable the No. 1 man to perform shakeout on
each of the canopy gores. Until the gore shaking
(d) Walk through the inflated canopy,
process is completed the No. 2 man will maintain a
from the skirt to the vent, and remove all debris from the
steady pull on the pulley rope to hold the suspended
canopy inside by hand or by brushing with a dry soft-
canopy at the working height needed by the No. 1 man.
bristle brush or broom.
(c) The No. 1 man will grasp any two
(e) Deflate the canopy and clear the
consecutive suspension lines, one in each hand (B) ,
suspension lines of debris by shaking or brushing.
and vigorously shake the first gore. When the gore is
Remove entanglements from the lines, when possible.
free of debris, the No. 1 man passes the line from his
(f) Remove foreign matter from other
right hand to the left hand and grasps the next
components of the parachute, such as the deployment
consecutive suspension line in his right hand. The No. 1
bag, by vigorous shaking or brushing.
man will shake out each consecutive gore until all
(g) After insuring all debris has been
suspension lines are held in the left hand and all gores
removed from the parachute assembly, "chain" the
are free of debris.
suspension lines and S-fold the canopy and grouped
(d) Once the gore shaking process is
suspension lines into the deployment bag for further
completed, the No. 2 man will slowly raise the
suspended canopy higher as the No. 1 man clears the
(3) Shakeout of other airdrop equipment. To
suspension lines of debris and removes entanglements
shakeout airdrop equipment other than parachutes,
(C), when possible.
perform the following:
(e) After the suspension lines have
(a) Lay the applicable assembly or
been cleared, the No. 2 man may hold or temporarily
related components on a clean level surface.
secure the pulley rope while the No. 1 man proceeds to
(b) Remove all debris from the airdrop
clear debris from other parachute components such as
item(s) by vigorous shaking or by brushing with a dry
the risers, harness, pack, or deployment bag.
soft-bristle brush. A compressed air hose may be used
(f) When all components are free of
to remove foreign material from inaccessible areas.
debris, the No. 2 man will slowly lower the canopy while
b. Airing. Under certain conditions, parachutes
the No. 1 man S-folds the suspension lines into the
and other airdrop equipment will be aired to prevent
pack, deployment bag, or parachute bag (D), as
After the suspension lines have been
dampness and mildew are prevalent, airdrop equipment
completely folded, the No. 1 man will accordion-fold the
will be aired at frequent intervals according to the
canopy length on top of the folded lines.
severity of the prevailing conditions. Parachutes that
(g) As the canopy folding is being
have been previously packed or are unpacked, which
completed, the No. 1 man disconnects the canopy vent
have been subjected to conditions of dampness or
from the pulley rope snap. Secure the folded canopy
mildew, will be aired for a period of at least 6 hours prior
assembly for further handling.
to being repacked. Airdrop items may be aired either
(2) Shakeout of large cargo parachutes.
indoors or outdoors in dry weather. However, fabric
When space and facilities are adequate enough to
items will not be aired in direct sunlight. Airing may be
suspend large cargo parachute canopies, the shakeout
accomplished by suspending or elevating the applicable
of large cargo parachutes (G-12 and G-11A) will be
item(s) in a manner which would allow entire exposure
accomplished as outlined in (1) above. If the available
to the circulation of air. Outside facilities used for the
space and facilities are not adequate to suspend a large
shakeout of parachutes may be used for the airing of
cargo parachute canopy, then shakeout will be per-
airdrop equipment if weather conditions permit. If the
formed as follows:
shakeout facilities are inadequate for airing, the
(a) Place the parachute in layout on a
applicable item(s) may be suspended or elevated at
clean floor surface.
several points or by draping over suitable type objects
(b) Remove debris from the canopy
which would not inflict damage.
outside by vigorously shaking the canopy material or by
brushing each gore.