|By Mark Nankivil|
The event was the brainchild of the Jefferson Barracks Heritage Foundation (JBHF) in conjunction with the Missouri National Guard, the Gateway Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association and the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.
The first parachute descent from an airplane took place March 1, 1912 at Jefferson Barracks when Capt. Albert Berry successfully jumped from a 1912 Benoist Type 12 “pusher” biplane designed by Missouri native Thomas Benoist (Ben-wah) and piloted by Anthony Jannus.
|Jannus and Berry pose with their Benoist aircraft|
|Captain Albert Berry practices managing his parachute at Kinloch Field|
Here are some views of the commemorative parachute jump performed today:
|Lewis Sanborn is out of the plane...(JBHF photo)|
|Lewis Sanborn descends into Jefferson Barracks|
|Lewis Sanborn nears his landing zone|
Lewis Sanborn and Jefferson Barracks Heritage Foundation Executive Director,
William F. Florich, Jr. leave the field