AERONAUTICS: Plane Parachute

What makes the majority of people prefer the "nice, safe" ground to flying around the heavens in airplanes, is a maxim they used to read in their copybooks: "What goes up must come down." It is not likely that this maxim will ever be disproved, but there are ways and ways of "coming down." Refinements upon the art of gentle descent began at least five centuries ago when a quaint babu hugely diverted the court of Siam by jumping off the roof with two umbrellas hooked in his girdle.

Last week, near El Segundo, Cal., the very latest wrinkle...

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