National Geographic : 1952 Jun
845 Flurries of Jumpers Come Floating Down on Lakehurst Graduation Day High in the air, five parachutists tumble from their transport (opposite, upper). One, only a black speck, pops from the door. Just under the ship a heels-up student pulls her rip cord, and the pilot chute flutters out, a white spot against the wing. A confident instructor below her gains downward speed before opening his chute, while the other two canopies are already puffing open. The airman (above), as the earth rushes up at him, "slips" his parachute by pulling the shroud lines. Just before he lands, he will release the lines, letting the canopy spread suddenly to ease the shock. The jumper on the ground battles the mild breeze; a stiff wind would jerk him off his feet. Safely landed, a student (opposite, lower) braces himself as a breeze bellies his chute. He tries to collapse it by tugging the bottom shroud lines to spill the air out the top. Two parachutes used by earlier jumpers are stowed in bags near his feet.