ARMY TM 10-1670-271-23&P
AIR FORCE TO 14D1-2-464-2
MARINE CORPS TM 01136B-23&P/1
2-11. Shakeout and Airing.
This task covers:
Brush, scrub, household, Item 3 Appendix D.
Personnel Required: (2)
43E(10) Parachute Rigger
a. Shakeout. The shakeout will be accomplished by a two-person team, either Indoors within a shakeout
room or outdoors at a shakeout tower. Each parachute will be suspended by the canopy vent and all debris
removed by shaking the canopy thoroughly or by brushing with a dry soft-bristled brush as detailed below:
(1) With assistance from the No. 2 person, the No 1 person will connect the snap on a pulley rope to the
canopy bridle loop (A, figure 2-9).
(2) Through use of the pulley rope, the No 2 person will raise the canopy to a suitable height which will
enable the No. 1 person to perform shakeout on each of the canopy gores. Until the gore shaking
process is completed the No 2 person will maintain a steady pull on the pulley rope to hold the
suspended canopy at the working height needed by the No 1 person.
(3) The No. 1 person will grasp any two consecutive suspension lines, one in each hand (B, figure 2-9),
and vigorously shake the first gore When the gore is free of debris, the No. 1 person passes the line
from the right hand to the left hand and grasps the next consecutive suspension line in the right
hand. The No 1 person will shake out each consecutive gore until all suspension lines are held in
the left hand and all gores are free of debris.
(4) Once the gore shaking process is completed, the No. 2 person will slowly raise the suspended
canopy higher as the No 1 person clears the suspension lines of debris and removes entanglements
(C, figure 2-9) when possible.
(5) After the suspension lines have been cleared, the No 2 person may hold or temporarily secure the
pulley rope while the No 1 person proceeds to clear debris from other parachute components such
as the risers, harness, pack tray.
(6) When all components are free of debris, the No 2 person will slowly lower the canopy while the No 1
person S-folds the suspension lines into the pack tray, or aviator's kit bag (D, figure 2-9), as
applicable After the suspension lines have been completely folded, the No 1 person will accordion-
fold the canopy length on top of the folded lines.
(7) As the canopy folding is being completed, the No 1 person disconnects the canopy vent from the
pulley rope snap Secure the folded canopy assembly for further handling.