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Joseph Kittinger's Parachute
Historical-jump
His descent over New Mexico, circa 1960

Origin

Joseph Kitinger

Type

Parachute

Effects

Allows a person to glide with extraneous skin flaps

Downsides

User will be subjected to effects of extreme changes in g-force, temperature and pressure

Activation

Strapping to a person

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Icarus-23W

Aisle

951932-4715

Shelf

29852-44325-871

Date of Collection

September 17, 1976

[Source]


OriginEdit

Joseph Kittinger was a United States Air Force test pilot who participated in Projects Manhigh and Excelsior, setting a record for longest skydive; he was also the first to see firsthand the curvature of the earth. During Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos space dive, he worked on the project as capsule communicator, helping Felix break the longest free fall record.

EffectsEdit

When strapped onto a person, it bonds with their skin to form a flexible exoskeleton-like layer. The person is able to glide like a flying squirrel with flaps of skin to sustain lift. The person will be subjected to extreme changes in g-force, temperature and pressure if they rapidly rise or descend. After landing, the person will feel dizzy, nauseous and unbalanced. If used wildly, they can experience eye damage from direct sun exposure, hypothermia at high altitudes and internal bleeding from extreme changes in force.

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