October 22 1797 CE – Andre-Jacques Garnerin Becomes the First Parachutist

October 22 1797 CE – Andre-Jacques Garnerin Becomes the First ParachutistRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons After floating more than 3,000 feet above the streets of Paris, balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin changed aviation forever by taking a startling risk on October 22, 1797: he cut the hydrogen balloon supporting his flight loose and dropped to Earth. Testing his idea for an umbrella-shaped parachute, Garnerin landed safely in the Parc Monceau under the 30-foot-wide silk canopy which had prevented him from falling like a rock. Being a daredevil would soon be part of the family business. Garnerin had grown up in Paris, becoming intimately familiar with the work of Jacques Charles, […]