Image description: This wedding dress was made from a nylon parachute that saved Major Claude Hensinger during World War II.
Hensinger, a B-29 pilot, and his crew, were returning from a bombing raid over Yowata, Japan, in August 1944 when their engine caught fire. The crew was forced to bail out. He kept the parachute and used it to propose to his girlfriend Ruth in 1947. Learn more about the story behind this parachute wedding dress.
Photo from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History