The parachute was invented by Leonardo da Vinci
probably the first to make the design of the parachute and so he is probably credited for
the invention for the parachute. It was reinvented in 1783 by a French chemist, Louis
Lenormand who also was the first to make a parachute jump.
The design & material of the parachute has
gone through many changes over the years since it was invented. But the basic design was
not changed until the 1930s. Originally made from canvas, they were later fashioned from
silk. Today, they are made from nylon because nylon is cheaper and stronger. The canopy is
made out of many smaller panels, each of which has even smaller sections sewn in various
directions for added strength. Parafoils have changed the old picture of parachutists
helpless in determining where to land.
Parachutes have been used
to entertain people but during WW 2 and even today, the military has being using them more
for sending troops, supplying ground corps, and saving pilots that has ejected from their
planes, as well as to slow down capsules from space, and many different uses that benefits