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What is a Smokejumper?

What is a Smokejumper? In honor of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots this article will focus on a similar group of elite firefighters, the Smokejumpers! What is a Smokejumper? A smokejumper is a wildland firefighter who parachutes into rugged terrain to combat wildfires. By parachuting into fire zones, smokejumpers are able to combat fires in …

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Parachutes: The Very Beginning

Parachutes: The Very Beginning The term Parachute comes from the Greek para meaning “against,” and French chute meaning “fall.” The hybrid definition of parachute literally means “that which protects against a fall,” coined by French aviation pioneer Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Long before the idea of safely dropping people and items out of the sky, Leonardo da …

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