National Geographic : 1950 Sep
Even Planes Now Wear Parachutes. Thirty Feet Across, a Ribbon Chute Brakes a Boeing Stratojet Bomber toanIce-smooth Landing On new, fast propellerless bombers, such air anchors check landing speed, save brakes and tires, permit use of shorter runways (pages 294and 304). Aribbon-type "deceleration chute," designed to leak some air, slows this mighty six-jet plane landing at snowy Larson Air Force Base, Moses Lake, Washington State (page 283). Like the Whale Swallowing Jonah, Globemaster's Clamshell Jaws Gobble a Truck Weighing5Tons and aTank Weighing 193/ Beyond, a tractor and howitzer totaling 52,420 pounds await loading in another Air Force Douglas C-124A . The pilot sitstwo stories high, 24feetabove ground.