APRIL 28, 1929

Stone, Ron
January 1984
Book of Texas Days;1984, p71
The article recounts the first mass paratroop drop, staged over Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas on April 28, 1929. Small planes took off from the strip at the air base, and as the squadron of aircraft flew overhead, the sky was suddenly dotted with men and equipment falling, then floating beneath billowing parachutes. It was the first mass parachute drop in the history of the U.S. Army Air Force, and it proved that such a military maneuver was practical.


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