A new style of parachute was revealed on Sunday (12 September) as the 1976 world parachuting championships opened in Rome.
GVs: parachutists descending. (4 shots)
GV: Australian contingent parading. (2 shots)
GV: Bulgarian contingent followed by Canada and Chile (3 shots)
SV: Official applauding as French contingent goes past, followed by the British. (4 shots)
GV: Soviet contingent on parade.
GV: United States contingent goes past.
GVs: Parachutists landing on target area. (4 shots)
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Background: A new style of parachute was revealed on Sunday (12 September) as the 1976 world parachuting championships opened in Rome.
SYNOPSIS: The ultimate in new parachute shapes first appeared in public as the United States competitor took part in the mass descent which traditionally opens the world championships.
As the competing nations marched in the opening parade, the thoughts of many lingered on the new style American parachute and how much of an advantage it would give the United States team. The 'chute is shaped like a concertina and according to the Americans, is designed to give the jumper much moire control of his descent than he has with the mushroom-shaped version. But other nations have also come up with some new styles, and the competition is expected to be very keen.
The crowd of about 25,000 people who attended the official opening had an opportunity to get a close look at the men and women who will compete for honours in the championships as they paraded before the judges.
The parade was followed by a display put on by the Italian Air Force, after which parachutists from the competing nations filled the sky over the target area.