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S. Slater and Sons nylon twill Parachute cloth length; 1941.

S. Slater and Sons nylon twill Parachute cloth length; 1941.

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S. Slater and Sons nylon twill Parachute cloth fabric length; 1941.
White twill weave fabric length with some brown marks and spotting throughout. This Nylon cloth was specifically made for parachutes in World War II. Manufacturer's notes: Style 10340 Ex. 2, 38" reed, counting 143 x 104; warp 37/13 nylon 8 T, filling 56/20 nylon 3 T. Woven by S. Slater and Sons. One edge is pinked, and the other is torn and not straight.
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Object Name
Fabric length
Nylon Parachute Cloth
Fabric Length
date made
Slater, Samuel
S. Slater & Sons
place made
United States: Rhode Island, Pawtucket
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
Physical Description
nylon (overall material)
twill weave (overall production method/technique)
white (overall color)
overall: 117 in x 37 in; 297.18 cm x 93.98 cm
ID Number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of S. Slater and Sons
World War II
American Textile Industry
World War II
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Data Source
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I was using a twill reserve canopy during a jump in 1973 at the Pascagoula Mississippi airport when I had a main canopy malfunction and had to deploy the reserve. The Twill canopy deployed perfectly and I had a smooth but firm Landing under it. They had a history of blowing out panels during high speed deployment. Fortunately I had a may west failure which is not high speed. The canopy was retired after that jump and used by a friend of mine as a drapery hung, as if open, from his ceiling.

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