Bail Outs including
Lived saved by Parachute
pre-1900 - Present
Lives Saved Rosters
Tens of thousands of people have saved their lives by using a parachute. This part of the website is intended to show that once accepted as a means of safe descent the use of the parachute spread rapidly.
Initially this section will attempt to add faces to the early users of the parachute and the more well known "Caterpillars".
I will slowly add to this section on an irregular basis. It does not claim to be comprehensive. I hope you will enjoy browsing the information and may feel able to add to it. If you have any information on a "life saved by a parachute" please contact me to ensure that the person is remembered and if possible provide a photograph.
The Caterpillar Club was established
to recognise those lived saved by a parachute from the IRVIN AIR
Note that ALL ejection seat users who survived became members of one or other of the Parachute Clubs.
Parachutists who were force to bail out due to collision with barrage balloon wires could join the Wireworm Club
Parachutists who landed in water and were rescued were eligible for the Goldfish Club
Australian parachutists could claim membership of the ROO Club
Some entries are not included in official Club lists - the descent circumstances were difficult to verify and so not included
First parachute jump
26th September 1876 - First Belgian Parachute jump
This section of the website is dedicated to those aircrew who did not use ejection seats to egress from their aircraft. They used conventional bail outs using parachute and ripcord. Most were successful, for some the outcome was fatal. The performance dynamics of their aircraft made successful escape without mechanical assistance less certain. Assisted escape systems were needed to give the maximum chance of survival.