PREPARATION FOR STORAGE OR SHIPMENT
4-22. Administrative Storage.
a. Storage Criteria.
Administrative storage of airdrop equipment will be accomplished in accordance with TM 740-90-1, AR 750-1, and the
instructions furnished below.
b. General Storage Requirements.
To insure that serviceability standards of stored airdrop equipment are maintained, every effort will be exerted to
adhere to the following storage requirements:
(1) When available, a heated building should be used to store parachutes and other airdrop items.
(2) Airdrop equipment will be stored in a dry, well-ventilated location and protected from pilferage,
dampness, fire, dirt, insects, rodents, and direct sunlight.
(3) Airdrop equipment will not be stored in a manner which would prevent ventilation or interfere with
light fixtures, heating vents, fire fighting devices, cooling units, exits, or fire doors.
(4) Airdrop items will not be stored in a damaged, dirty, or damp condition.
(5) All stored airdrop items will be marked, segregated, and located for accessibility and easy identification.
(6) Airdrop equipment will not be stored in direct contact with any building floor or wall. Storage will
be accomplished using bins, shelves, pallets, racks, or dunnage to provide airspace between the storage
area floor and the equipment. If preconstructed shelving or similar storage accommodations are not
available, locally fabricate storage provisions using suitable lumber or wooden boxes.
(7) All available materials handling equipment should be used as much as possible in the handling of
(8) Periodic rotation of stock, conversion of available space, proper housekeeping policies, and strict
adherence to all safety regulations will be practiced at all times.
c. Storage Specifics for Parachutes.
In addition to the storage requirements stipulated in subparagraph b above, the following is a list of specifics which
must be enforced when storing parachutes:
(1) Except for those assemblies required for contingency operation, parachutes will not be stored in a
(2) Stored parachute assemblies will be secured from access by unauthorized personnel.
(3) A parachute which is in storage, and is administered a cyclic repack and inspection, will not be ex-
posed in incandescent light or indirect sunlight for a period of more than 36 hours. In addition, exposure to
direct sunlight should be avoided entirely.
a. Initial Shipment.
The initial packaging and shipping of airdrop equipment is the responsibility of item manufacturers who are required to
comply with federal and military packaging specifications as stipulated in contractural agreements. Airdrop equipment is
normally shipped to depot activities by domestic freight or parcel post, packaged to comply with overseas shipping
requirements. Except for those airdrop items which are unpackaged and subjected to random inspections or testing by a
depot activity, airdrop equipment received by a using unit will be contained in original packaging materials.