Airborne Systems’ Journey to Mars

Airborne Systems has recently delivered the parachute system that will help the next Mars Rover land on the Red Planet. The delivery marks the culmination of three and a half years of intense design, analysis, and testing. In 2016, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a federally funded research and development center managed for NASA by […]

Women’s History Month Shines Light on Pioneering Women in Aviation

Women’s History Month Shines Light on Pioneering Women in Aviation March is Women’s History Month, when we honor women’s contributions throughout American history. There have been a myriad of females throughout history who have made monumental achievements. As a military parachute company, we are celebrating the legacy of Fay Gillis Wells. Fay Gillis Wells was […]

Robert Sinclair, Chief Engineer of Airborne Systems, Will Receive NASA Public Service Award

Our very own Chief Engineer of Space and Recovery Systems will receive the NASA Public Service Award tomorrow, August 28th, 2019. This is NASA’s highest form of recognition awarded to “those whose distinguished service, ability, or vision has personally contributed to NASA’s advancement of United States’ interests. The individual’s achievement or contribution demonstrates a level […]


Over the past several months, Airborne Systems has released a special tribute each month commemorating the 100th anniversary of two momentous events for our founder Leslie Irvin. On June 18, 1919 Leslie incorporated the Irvin Air Chute Company which has continued to grow and thrive throughout the years to become what is today known as […]

The Caterpillar Club

On April 19, 1919, Leslie Leroy Irvin made the world’s first premeditated freefall parachute descent using a rip cord, rather than using a canister or tether line attached to the aircraft to pull open the parachute. Working with the U.S. Army’s Air Service parachute research team, Irvin made the historic jump from a plane over […]

Leslie Irvin is Inducted Into the International Skydiving Hall of Fame

This past weekend, on November 3, 2018, Leslie Irvin was inducted into the International Skydiving Hall of Fame. Elizabeth Johnson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Airborne Systems, and Robert Sinclair, Chief Engineer of Space and Recovery at Airborne Systems, attended the banquet and proudly accepted Leslie Irvin’s award. The event was filled with skydiving […]

100 Year Anniversary Release: 2019 Historical Calendar

For our October 19th release to honor our 100 year anniversary coming up in June of 2019, we have designed a calendar full of historical facts about our story over the last 100 years! January: 1928: Leslie Irvin opens a factory dedicated solely to the production of Irving parachutes in Buffalo, NY. February: 1963: Landing […]