AERONAUTICS: Caterpillars

"If you need one and haven't got one, you'll never need one again."—Air Corps Proverb.

The chronicle of the Caterpillar Club appears this week in a new book Jump! by Don Glassman,graduate of the University of Missouri, journalist. A "Caterpillar" is a flyer who has dropped over the side of a disabled or lost plane—like a butterfly wriggling out of its cocoon—and swung down through space to safety with parachute mushrooming over his head.

A parachute is a hollow hemisphere of strong, light silk or cotton, diameter varying from 22 ft. to 28...

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