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Parachute Collection

"From Potato Pete to Yuri Gagarin: A Skyward Journey with Parachutes" In the midst of World War II, a powerful lithograph poster emerged in 1943

Background imageParachute Collection: Parachute Regiment - Sergeant - 6th Airborne Division

Parachute Regiment - Sergeant - 6th Airborne Division

Background imageParachute Collection: WWII: POSTER, c1943. Attack with me says Potato Pete. Lithograph, c1943

WWII: POSTER, c1943. Attack with me says Potato Pete. Lithograph, c1943

Background imageParachute Collection: Blitz in London -- ambulance at Ladywell, Lewisham, WW2

Blitz in London -- ambulance at Ladywell, Lewisham, WW2
Blitz in London -- an ambulance and rescue workers in the Ladywell area of Lewisham, SE13, where houses were demolished by a parachute bomb, 18 September 1940

Background imageParachute Collection: Soviet poster commemorating Yuri Gagarin

Soviet poster commemorating Yuri Gagarin
Soviet poster commemorating the first manned spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin on 12th April 1961. Gagarins flight lasted 108 minutes

Background imageParachute Collection: Father Christmas parachuting out of a plane

Father Christmas parachuting out of a plane
Father Christmas jumps out of an aeroplane using a parachute onto snowy rooftops. Who needs reindeer to deliver presents in the modern age? Date: 1932

Background imageParachute Collection: International Air Rally Poster

International Air Rally Poster
Poster, International Air Rally at Lympne, near Hythe, Kent, organised by the Cinque Ports Flying Club. Depicting two planes and a parachute. August 1935

Background imageParachute Collection: View over lake with paraglider, Lake Annecy, Rhone Alpes, France, Europe

View over lake with paraglider, Lake Annecy, Rhone Alpes, France, Europe

Background imageParachute Collection: Dropping from a Kite Balloon 1917

Dropping from a Kite Balloon 1917
A British observer drops from the car of a kite balloon, attached to the parachute which is hanging over the side of the basket. His colleague has already jumped and is on his way to the ground

Background imageParachute Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Stowmarket

Balloon event, Charles Green, Stowmarket
Charles Green ballooning poster, advertising his 413rd ascent, from the Vicarage Grounds, Stowmarket in his Royal Victoria Balloon

Background imageParachute Collection: Man paragliding over the Mediterranean coast

Man paragliding over the Mediterranean coast, Fethiye, Turkey, Asia

Background imageParachute Collection: Blitz in London -- bomb disposal at Charing Cross

Blitz in London -- bomb disposal at Charing Cross
Blitz in London -- soldiers using a trolley to remove a land mine on Hungerford Railway Bridge, Charing Cross, on 17 April 1941

Background imageParachute Collection: Vostok ejection seat

Vostok ejection seat. View of the type of ejection seat fitted to the Vostok spacecraft in 1961-63. The cosmonaut returning to Earth was instructed to eject from the Vostok capsule at an altitude of

Background imageParachute Collection: Blitz in London -- bomb disposal at Charing Cross

Blitz in London -- bomb disposal at Charing Cross
Blitz in London -- soldiers using a trolley to remove a land mine on Hungerford Railway Bridge, Charing Cross, on 17 April 1941

Background imageParachute Collection: Bluebird CN7 deploying parachute at Lake Eyre, World Land Speed Record attempt, 1964

Bluebird CN7 deploying parachute at Lake Eyre, World Land Speed Record attempt, 1964
Bluebird CN7 deploying parachute at Lake Eyre, World Land Speed Record attempt, Australia, 1964

Background imageParachute Collection: Aerial Life

Aerial Life
BON43514 Aerial Life by Robinson, William Heath (1872-1944); Private Collection; Photo eBonhams, London, UK; English, out of copyright

Background imageParachute Collection: German gliders in Battle of Crete by G. H. Davis

German gliders in Battle of Crete by G. H. Davis
Landing air troops: German gliders of the Battle of Crete during the Second World War. By the use of gliders, parachutes and mass-produced aeroplanes for crash landings

Background imageParachute Collection: Digital image sequence of pilot sitting in ejection seat, explosive charge forcing seat

Digital image sequence of pilot sitting in ejection seat, explosive charge forcing seat from aircraft, pilot floating in sky suspended from parachute

Background imageParachute Collection: Illustration of parachuters dropping from plane

Illustration of parachuters dropping from plane

Background imageParachute Collection: Garnerins balloon and parachute

Garnerins balloon and parachute

Background imageParachute Collection: Airborne#4 In The Air

Airborne#4 In The Air
Martin Van Hoecke

Background imageParachute Collection: Blitz in London -- Union Road, Rotherhithe, WW2

Blitz in London -- Union Road, Rotherhithe, WW2
Blitz in London -- a large unexploded parachute bomb lying on a pile of timber at Union Road, Rotherhithe, SE London. Date: 1940s

Background imageParachute Collection: Mars 96 surface station, artwork

Mars 96 surface station, artwork
Mars 96 surface station. Artwork showing one of the surface stations of the Russian Mars 96 mission landing on Mars after being released from orbit

Background imageParachute Collection: Tandem skydivers, Waldviertel, Austria

Tandem skydivers, Waldviertel, Austria

Background imageParachute Collection: Packing Parachutes at US Air Fields, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Packing Parachutes at US Air Fields, San Antonio, Texas, USA Date: circa 1942

Background imageParachute Collection: Fire-escape patent, 1879 C024 / 3605

Fire-escape patent, 1879 C024 / 3605
Fire-escape patent, 1879. Artwork of a fire escape device designed by Benjamin Oppenheimer. The parachute is attached by harness to the persons head while thick rubber soled shoes were worn to

Background imageParachute Collection: Poster for recruitment from World War II, by Abram Games, illustration, 1941-1942

Poster for recruitment from World War II, by Abram Games, illustration, 1941-1942
England, 20th century, Second World War - Airborne Forces. The Airborne Forces of the British Army consist of parachute troops and glider-borne troops of all arms of the service

Background imageParachute Collection: Felix Baumgartner after freefall

Felix Baumgartner after freefall
Felix Baumgartner after jumping to Earth from an altitude of 39, 045 meters. During the jump he was in freefall for four minutes and twenty seconds

Background imageParachute Collection: Balloon ascent by Blanchard

Balloon ascent by Blanchard
Jean-Pierre Blanchards balloon, probably for the planned ascent from the Champ de Mars, Paris, 2 March 1784. A slightly fanciful representation of the balloon, parachute and carriage. circa 1784

Background imageParachute Collection: Festival for 14 July, Champs Elysees, Paris

Festival for 14 July, Champs Elysees, Paris

Background imageParachute Collection: Balloon and parachute lecture, Charles Green

Balloon and parachute lecture, Charles Green

Background imageParachute Collection: Balloon event, Green and Cocking

Balloon event, Green and Cocking

Background imageParachute Collection: Garnerin balloon with parachute

Garnerin balloon with parachute
Garnerins balloon with a parachute below, and a French flag waved from the cage. He ascended from North Audley Street, landing 10 minutes later in the parachute near St Pancras Church -- claimed to

Background imageParachute Collection: Limosin Brandy advert

Limosin Brandy advert
Wartime advertisement for Limosin Brandy featuring an RAF bomber dropping bottles of brandy by parachute: the best drop of all

Background imageParachute Collection: Paris / Eiffel Tower 1912

Paris / Eiffel Tower 1912
Francois Reichett tests his parachute by jumping from the Tour Eiffel, Paris; sadly, the test fails, and he is unable to make a second try Date: 1912

Background imageParachute Collection: Douglas DC-3S N1R

Douglas DC-3S N1R (msn 4129) of the BROOKLYN DODGERS (Brooklyn National League Baseball Club), marked with Dodgers World Champions just behind the entry door

Background imageParachute Collection: RAF Lancasters over Berlin; Second World War, 1943

RAF Lancasters over Berlin; Second World War, 1943
Illustration showing Royal Air Force Lancaster heavy bombers heading towards their target of Berlin, during the Autumn of 1943

Background imageParachute Collection: USA, California, San Diego. Hang glider taking off at Torrey Pines Gliderport. Credit as

USA, California, San Diego. Hang glider taking off at Torrey Pines Gliderport. Credit as: Steve Ross / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageParachute Collection: Poster, Indias First Aerial Pageant

Poster, Indias First Aerial Pageant
Poster, Captain C. D. Barnard presents Indias First Aerial Pageant, with passenger flights in the famous monoplane Spider, parachute descents, daring acrobatics by famous pilots

Background imageParachute Collection: Paratrooper sport art #paratrooper

Paratrooper sport art #paratrooper
Justyna Jaszke

Background imageParachute Collection: Paratrooper sport art #paratrooper

Paratrooper sport art #paratrooper
Justyna Jaszke

Background imageParachute Collection: Paraglider sport art #paraglider

Paraglider sport art #paraglider
Justyna Jaszke

Background imageParachute Collection: Paratrooper sport art #paratrooper

Paratrooper sport art #paratrooper
Justyna Jaszke

Background imageParachute Collection: Poet Pam Ayres fully expected to perform her first jump today at RAF Weston-on-the-Green

Poet Pam Ayres fully expected to perform her first jump today at RAF Weston-on-the-Green, where she is learning to parachute with the RAF Sport Parachute Association

Background imageParachute Collection: Human invention anticipated: Parachutes (engraving)

Human invention anticipated: Parachutes (engraving)
8657917 Human invention anticipated: Parachutes (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Parachutes)

Background imageParachute Collection: Death of Robert Cocking in the first parachute accident, 1837 (engraving)

Death of Robert Cocking in the first parachute accident, 1837 (engraving)
8672722 Death of Robert Cocking in the first parachute accident, 1837 (engraving) by French School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageParachute Collection: A hot-air balloon which has been fitted with a parachute

A hot-air balloon which has been fitted with a parachute
3586000 A hot-air balloon which has been fitted with a parachute; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a hot-air balloon which has been fitted with a parachute)

Background imageParachute Collection: A British parachute design

A British parachute design
3732626 A British parachute design; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a British parachute design. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageParachute Collection: The fatal parachute descent of Robert Cocking

The fatal parachute descent of Robert Cocking
3732625 The fatal parachute descent of Robert Cocking; (add.info.: Engraving depicting the fatal parachute descent of Robert Cocking (1776-1837)



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"From Potato Pete to Yuri Gagarin: A Skyward Journey with Parachutes" In the midst of World War II, a powerful lithograph poster emerged in 1943, featuring the charismatic Potato Pete urging people to "Attack with me. " This iconic image symbolized the bravery and resilience of those who relied on parachutes during wartime. As London faced the relentless Blitz, an ambulance stationed at Ladywell, Lewisham stood ready to aid those affected by the bombings. The parachute became a lifeline for both soldiers and civilians alike, providing hope amidst chaos. Beyond war-torn Europe, an International Air Rally Poster showcased the exhilarating spirit of aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Paragliders soared over Lake Annecy in France's Rhone Alpes region, capturing breathtaking views that only these daring individuals could experience. Looking back further into history, we witness brave souls dropping from Kite Balloons in 1917. These pioneers paved the way for modern-day paratroopers who would later serve in elite units such as the Parachute Regiment within the 6th Airborne Division. Parachuting was not limited to military endeavors; it also found its place in leisurely pursuits. Charles Green organized balloon events in Stowmarket where thrill-seekers experienced unforgettable descents under colorful canopies. The Soviet Union commemorated their hero Yuri Gagarin through a striking poster that celebrated his groundbreaking spaceflight. Gagarin's descent back to Earth highlighted how parachutes played a crucial role even beyond our planet's atmosphere. Within military ranks, Sergeant of the Parachute Regiment embodied courage and skill as they trained rigorously for airborne operations. Their unwavering dedication ensured successful missions and inspired future generations of paratroopers worldwide. Away from battlefields but still soaring high above ground level, adventurous individuals embraced paragliding along Mediterranean coastlines.