Quick History: Parachutes

Someone has to be the first to try the crazy stuff, but does it seem so crazy that a military-surplus parachute could be used to stop a car? The first to try that on a drag strip was reportedly safety pioneer Jim Deist in 1958. At the Bonneville Salt Flats, the guinea pig was the Teverbaugh-Kirkland Special, which kept blowing engines and never reached its potential. A car-slowing parachute is called a drogue and has different requirements than one use for jumping from a plane. Using too short of a riser or too large of a panel can pull a speeding race car off the ground.

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