ARMY TM 10-1670-276-23&P
AIR FORCE T.O. 13C5-29-2
NAVY NAVAIR 13-1-29
a. Initial Shipment. The initial packaging and shipping of parachutes is the responsibility of item manufacturers who
are required to comply with federal and military packing specifications as stipulated in contractual agreements. Air
delivery equipment is normally shipped to depot activities by domestic freight or parcel post, packaged to comply with
overseas shipping requirements. Except for those air delivery items which are unpackaged and subjected to random
inspections or testing by a depot activity, parachutes received by a using unit will be contained in original packaging
b. Shipping Between Maintenance Activities. The shipping of air delivery equipment between organizational and direct
support maintenance activities will be accomplished on a signature verification basis using whatever means of
transportation are available. Used parachutes and other fabric items will be tagged in accordance with DA PAM 738-751,
and rolled, folded, or placed loosely in a parachute pack, deployment bag, or other suitable container, as required. Used
wood and metal air delivery items will be tagged as prescribed in DA PAM 738-751 and placed in a suitable type
container, if necessary. Unused air delivery equipment will be transported in original shipping containers. During
shipment, every effort will be made to protect air delivery equipment from weather elements, dust, dirt, oil, grease, and
acids. Vehicles used to transport parachutes will be inspected to ensure the items are protected from the previously cited
material damaging conditions.
c. Other Shipping Instructions. Air delivery equipment destined for domestic or overseas shipment will be packaged
and marked in accordance with AR 700-15, Packaging of Materials, or TM 38-230-1 and TM 38-230-2, Preservation,
Packaging, Packing of Military Supplies and Equipment (Vols. 1 and 2).
2-44. Accordion Folding and Rigger Rolling.
a. Accordion Folding. Parachute canopy assemblies that are not packed for use should be accordion folded prior to
entry into storage To accordion fold a parachute canopy assembly, perform the following:
Place the parachute canopy in proper layout under partial tension and dress the outside edges of both gore
Fold the left group of gores over the right group of gores (A, figure 2-74). Release tension.
"Chain" the suspension lines and S-fold the "chained" lines on top of the deployment bag (B, figure 2-74).
Place the lower end of the canopy on top of the S-folded suspension lines and locate the lower edge of the
canopy skirt at the lower end of the deployment bag.
Accordion fold the remaining canopy length neatly on top of the canopy lower end (C, figure 2-74). Turn the
canopy vent under the last fold.
Temporarily secure the folded canopy to the deployment bag with available webbing (D, figure 2-74).
Upon completion of the accordion folding process, place the folded parachute assembly in a suitable type
container for storage.