Case Studies

Origin Of The Capewell Release: Part II

Officers at Ft. Benning, where 200,000 paratroopers have been trained since the first U.S. airborne test unit was formed there in 1941, call the Capewell release a significant military improvement, one that theoretically can save hundreds of lives, greatly reduce the number of injuries in troop jumps, and vastly increase the potential effectiveness of combat […]

Origin Of The Capewell Release: Part I

Did you know that the same life saving hardware used on today’s troop parachutes is essentially the same tried and true device that’s been in service for over 50 years? The best story of how the Capewell release came to be was written in the 1960s when the T-10 parachute was first adopted by the […]

What Is HUSL: Helicopter Underslung Load?

An Underslung Load, or sometimes called external lift, is a method for airlifting over sized cargo by carrying it beneath a helicopter. It is used to transport everything from vehicles, weapons, containers, food and general equipment. This method requires special equipment like strops/pendants, slings or cargo nets. This underslung equipment allows for easier pick-up and […]

The Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules

The C-130 Hercules, named after the mythical Greek hero, is the US Air Force’s principal tactical cargo and personnel transport aircraft. The C-130 has fulfilled a wide range of both peaceful and war situations since its initial production in 1954. The original C-130, and variations of the aircraft since then, have performed a wide range […]

What Are The Basics Of Airdrop?

First utilized during World War II, airdrop has become a useful tool in times of war and peace alike. Airdrop was initially used to resupply troops on the ground who were otherwise isolated from friendly contact. Ammunition, clothing and rations were among the supplies airdropped. The basic principle of airdropping still exists today however the […]

What Types Of Troop Parachutes Does The US Army Use?

The United States Army has many different parachute models at its disposal to properly accommodate for the conditions of a mission. Parachute technology has been developed to ensure consistency and safety as it is heavily relied upon for mission success and the welfare of personnel. The following will highlight a few of the parachutes used by […]

What Is A Parachute Rigger?

The parachute rigger is a position essential to the airborne military services. Parachute riggers are responsible for preparing and repairing both cargo and personal parachutes for use in the field. In essence, parachute riggers make aerial operations and deliveries around the world possible. Further, riggers themselves are detail-oriented and precise in their work. It is […]

What Is The Red Marking On The Capewell Release?

Here at Capewell we occasionally get requests for specific information about the hardware we design and manufacture. One of the most common request comes from military students seeking an advanced understanding of the parachute hardware they will soon be responsible for. Though we’re always happy to speak with our customers, we thought putting some of […]

Why Does Part Of The Capewell Release Have A Golden Color?

THE MYSTERY OF THE COLOR CHANGING CAPEWELL! This is another question we get all the time and lucky for you it has a very simple answer. Here you see a photo of a Capewell release in the open position. The part highlighted in gold is a component aptly named the slider because it slides up […]

Unconventional Airdrop Missions

Military airdrop was originally developed during World War II to resupply troops on the ground who were otherwise isolated from friendly contact. Supplies typically included items such as ammunition, clothing, food, and other rations. Airdrop later developed into the delivery of cargo, larger supplies such as tanks, and weapons. The bombs dropped in Vietnam and […]