Friday, February 01, 2013

T-11 finally in service.

A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team descends to a drop zone on Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 29, 2013, using the Army’s new T-11 parachute system. The square canopy has nearly a third more surface area than that of the T-10D that it replaces. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
Awesome to see.

This should save many a Para-troop from the agony of bad knees and backs.  Wonder how it performs under a combat load though...and not a state side combat load out but one of those actual go to war loads that has guys struggling to put on packs type of load.

UPDATE:  Meanwhile...US Army Special Forces is still jumping the old chutes!  I don't get it!

U.S. Soldiers with the 7th Special Forces Group descend after exiting a C-23 Sherpa aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 24, 2013. (DoD photo by Spc. Steven Young, U.S. Army/Released)
 

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