Today on Day’s to Remember we celebrate how on March 1st 1912, Captain Albert Berry made the first parachute jump from a moving airplane.
Today’s BIG leap in history is all about Captain Albert Berry, but who was this dare devil in history?
Captain Albert Berry is one of two people credited as the first person to make a successful parachute jump from a powered airplane. The other contender is Grant Morton, who is reported to have jumped from a Wright Model B flying over Venice Beach, California sometime late in 1911.
On March 1st 1912, Berry jumped from a Benoist pusher biplane from 2,000 feet and landed successfully at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.
The pilot was Tony Jannus. The 36 foot diameter parachute was contained in a metal canister attached to the underside of the plane – when Berry dropped from the plane his weight pulled the parachute from the canister.
Rather than being attached to the parachute by a harness Berry was seated on a trapeze bar. According to Berry he dropped 400 feet before the parachute opened.
The idea of parachutes had been around a long time, with the original credit going to either the Chinese or to Leonardo da Vinci, but the first man to ever jump out of an airplane with a parachute was U.S. Army Captain Albert Berry.
The New York Times reported on March 2, 1912, the day after Berry’s jump: “Albert Berry is 33 years old and was born in Philadelphia. He is the son of Capt. John Berry, a St. Louis balloonist. The younger Berry made his first parachute jump [from a balloon] when he was 16 years of age, and has continued the work since.”
Asked if he would ever repeat the performance, Berry replied: “Never again! I believe I turned five somersaults on my way down…My course downward… was like a crazy arrow. I was not prepared for the violent sensation that I felt when I broke away from the aero plane.”
The skies are the limit for all entrepreneurs, as we celebrate how on March 1st 1912, Captain Albert Berry made the first parachute jump from a moving airplane.
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