ARMY TM 10-1670-271-23&P
AIR FORCE TO 14D1-2-464-2
MARINE CORPS TM 01136B-23&P/1
2-12. Cleaning and Drying (CONT).
or the suspension lines. Within 48 hours after recovery, under the supervision of a qualified parachute rigger
(43E), rinse the recovered parachute assembly as follows:
(1) Place the parachute assembly in a large water-tight container filled with a suitable amount of fresh,
clean water to cover the assembly.
If the salt-water-soaked parachute assembly is too large to be placed into a rinsing
container, then the rinsing process will be effected by applying fresh, clean water
to the assembly using a hose.
(2) Agitate the container contents by hand for 5 minutes.
(3) Remove the parachute assembly from the container and suspend or elevate it in a shaded area,
allowing a 5-minute drainage period Do not attempt to wring the fabric or the suspension lines.
(4) Repeat the procedures in steps (1) through (3) above, twice, using fresh, clean water for each rinse.
(5) After the third rinse, allow the parachute assembly to drain thoroughly. Upon completion of draining,
dry the assembly in accordance with procedures in e., below.
(6) When dried, perform a technical/rigger-type inspection of the parachute assembly. Corroded metal
components, or corrosion-stained fabrics or suspension lines, will be either repaired or replaced as
prescribed by the Maintenance Allocation Chart (MAC) in Appendix B.
(7) Record any repairs, Immersion and rinsing In the parachute log record as shown in figure 2-5 and
d. Rinsing Parachute Assembly Immersed in Fresh Water. Any parachute, or its components, that has
been immersed in a fresh water lake, river or stream will not require rinsing unless it has been ascertained that
the water is dirty, oily or otherwise contaminated. Procedures for handling a fresh water immersed parachute
are as follows:
(1) Contaminated fresh water. If the parachute, or its components, has been immersed in contaminated
fresh water, rinse and dry (see c., above) and, If applicable, repair.
(2) Uncontaminated fresh water. If the parachute, or its components, has been immersed in
uncontaminated fresh water, it will be cleaned and dried as outlined in a., b., e. and f., above and below. Minor
discoloration of fabric tems resulting from immersion in uncontaminated fresh water may occur
Fabric items will not be dried in direct sunlight or by laying an item on the ground.