December 6-8, 2023 Firearms & Militaria
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 12/8/2023
Originally designed by the Pioneer Parachute Company as their Model P3-B, the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) adopted the design as their B-8 parachute, standardized in October 1942. The new pack contained special bow stiffeners, which increased flexibility and molded around the wearer's back. These parachutes were used in various theaters of operation throughout World War II and well into the postwar era. Both bomber pilots and fighter pilots utilized this type of parachute. This example appears to be dated "JUL 1, 1945," although the ink stamping used to record the date is faded and was manufactured by the Pioneer Parachute Company as the Model P3-B-24 Parachute. The ink-stamped serial number is also faded, however, the rest of the specification label remains legible. All elastic bands are worn and brittle but remain intact. Harness is in very good condition, with fraying at the edges of the straps. The silk canopy was replaced by a foam insert in order for the rig to keep its form. The canvas exhibits fading, but the rig remains intact and displays well. CONDITION: Good.

Item Dimensions: 24" x 16" x 8"
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $300.00
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Friday, December 8, 2023.
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