ARMY TM 10-1670-271-23&P
AIR FORCE TO 14D1-2-464-2
MARINE CORPS TM 01136B-23&P/1
2-26. Pocket Band
This task covers:
Knife, Item 13, Appendix B
43E(10) Parachute Rigger
Knife, Hot Metal, Item 14, Appendix B
Pot, Melting, Electric, Item 22,
Sewing Machine, Light-Duty (Table 2-2)
Unpacked, lying flat on repair table
Shears, Item 28, Appendix B
Group No 01, MAC, Appendix B,
Beeswax, Item 2, Appendix D
Tape, Nylon, Tubular, Type I, Item 44,
Thread, Nylon, Item 50/51, Appendix D
a. Repair. Stitch and restitch with thread, nylon, size E which is contrasting in color. Lock all straight
stitching by back stitching at least 1/2 inch. Restitch over the original stitch pattern.
b. Replacement. When installed on a parachute canopy, a pocket band will be positioned on the outside
of the lower lateral band with a band end attached on each side of a suspension line, thereby
allowing a free length of material to pass over the suspension line. A pocket band which is
damaged will be replaced by fabricating using the following procedures.
(1) Place the canopy assembly on a repair table or other repair surface with the damaged pocket band
(2) Mark the lower lateral band at each end of the damaged pocket band length.
(3) Remove the affected pocket band from the canopy by cutting the stitching securing each of the band
ends to the lower lateral band. Remove stitching on anti-inversion net and place out of way until
pocket band is sewn.
(4) Fabricate a new pocket band by cutting an 8-1/4-inch length of type I tubular nylon tape and sear
(5) Position the replacement pocket band length In the original pocket band location and aline the
material ends with the marks made in step (2), above.
(6) Secure each end of the replacement pocket band to the lower lateral band by stitching a 2-inch-long,
single-X, box-stitch formation with two double ends, 1/4 inch in from each edge, using size E, nylon
thread, 7 to 11 stitches per inch (figure 2-88).
(7) Sew anti-inversion net to inside of lower lateral band.