In June of 2019, Airborne Systems will celebrate 100 years as the number one Military Parachute Company in the world!
In order to properly commemorate this amazing accomplishment, each month we will be honoring our 100 year anniversary with a creative release. To kick off the first month, we thought a brief historical lesson in the form of a poem would be perfect.
From his first jump as just a young teen
To jumping out of a plane in 1914
Leslie Irvin was a pioneer in parachutes
On this point there is no dispute.
In 1919 he made the world’s first free fall descent
Using the first rip cord, down he went
Even though he broke his ankle when he landed
The Irving Air Chute Company he later branded.
A clerical error caused the name change to Irving
So, Leslie let it go because it had a nice ring.
But in 1970 back to Irvin Air Chute it went
And today Airborne Systems is the name 100 percent!
During WWII Irving Air Chute saved over 10,000 lives
Ensuring that stateside there were many happy wives.
The Irvin name became the standard for quality
And soon became worldwide policy.
Irving Air Chute was always a pioneer
On that point we are very clear
Patenting folding methods and switching to nylon are just some ways
That the parachutes were able to be used by Allied forces on D-Day,
In this 100th anniversary year of this historic event
We celebrate Irvin’s ability to invent
Making parachutes safer for all
Is something which we can all applaud!
Be sure to check back here on the 19th of every month to see what 100 themed ideas we come up with!