Image description: Royal Canadian Air Force Sgt. Richard Newman, a parachute instructor, falls backward out of a Canadian C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during CRUZEX 2013 exercise in Brazil.
CRUZEX is a Brazilian-led air-to-air, aerial refueling, and command-and-control training exercise focused on building interoperability between several partner nation air forces.
Photo by Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu, U.S. Air Force.
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.