Image description: The first ever parachute jump out of an airplane.
People jump out of moving airplanes with parachutes everyday. The ability has saved countless lives, and it’s even a popular sport - skydiving.
But, there’s a first time for everything, and 100 years ago this month, U.S. Army Captain Albert Berry did it first. This historic image shows Captain Berry tumbling in the heart-stopping seconds before his parachute opened to slow his descent. Berry described his fall as “violent” and “like a crazy arrow.” Asked if he would ever repeat the stunt, Berry replied, “Never again.” (Nine days later he broke his promise.)
Image courtesy of the National Air & Space Museum. Learn more about this great leap of faith.