ARMY TM 10-1670-281-23&P
AIR FORCE T.O. 13C5-32-2
NAVY NAVAIR 13-1-32
2-11. Shakeout and Airing.
This task covers:
INITIAL SETUP :
Brush, Scrub, Household, Item 1, Appendix B
Parachute suspended or inflated
Broom, Item 26, Appendix B
Fan, Pedestal, Item 27, Appendix B
a. Shakeout. The shakeout will be accomplished by a two- or three-person team either indoors within a
shakeout room or outdoors at a shakeout tower. If facilities permit, shakeout will be accomplished by
suspending the canopy as described in (1), below. If facilities do not permit canopy suspension, the canopy will
be inflated and shakeout will be accomplished as described in (2), below.
(1) Canopy suspension method. 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:
(a) With assistance from No. 2 person, No. 1 person will connect snap on a pulley rope to
canopy bridle loop (A, figure 2-7).
(b) Through use of pulley rope, No. 2 person will raise canopy to a suitable height which will
enable No. 1 person to perform shakeout on each canopy gore. Until gore shaking process is
completed, No. 2 person will maintain a steady pull on pulley rope to hold suspended canopy
at working height needed by No. 1 person.
(c) No. 1 person will grasp any two consecutive suspension lines, one in each hand (B, figure 2-
7), and vigorously shake first gore. When gore is free of debris, No. 1 person passes line
from right hand to left hand and grasps next consecutive suspension line in right hand. No. 1
person will shake out each consecutive gore until all suspension lines are held in left hand
and all gores are free of debris.
(d) Once gore shaking process is completed, No. 2 person will slowly raise suspended canopy
higher as No. 1 person clears suspension lines and risers of debris and removes
entanglements (C, figure 2-7) when possible.
(e) After suspension lines have been cleared, No. 2 person may hold or temporarily secure
pulley rope while No. 1 person proceeds to clear debris from other parachute components.
(f) When all components are free of debris, No. 2 person will slowly lower canopy while No. 1
person S-folds suspension lines and risers into deployment bag (D, figure 2-7). After
suspension lines and risers have been completely folded, No. 1 person will accordion-fold
canopy length on top of folded lines.
(g) As canopy folding is being completed, No. 1 person disconnects canopy vent from pulley
rope snap. Secure folded canopy assembly for further handling.