Original U.S. Cold War HALO HI/LO Free Fall Parachutists Helmet and Jump Parachute

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Original Items: Only One Set Available. Circa 1976-1980, this is a HI/LO Free Fall Parachutist helmet and parachute. The helmet was officially known as; Helmet, Parachutist’s, Free Fall, Type I, Without Communication Equipment. It has a nice label on the interior denying the size as small and on the exterior it has Sierra marked stat plates with NSN. This helmet was used for hi-lo or lo-lo parachute drops by specially trained troops for infiltration under the radar. The helmet has a black leather outer cover with 3 ribbed semi stiff inserts covered by black cloth.

Also included is a HI/LO jump parachute with rigging and harness. It appears to be complete and in very good condition.

High-altitude military parachuting (or military free fall (MFF)) is a method of delivering military personnel, military equipment, and other military supplies from a transport aircraft at a high altitude via free-fall parachute insertion. Two techniques are used: HALO (high altitude – low opening, often called a HALO jump) and HAHO (high altitude – high opening).

In the HALO technique, the parachutist opens the parachute at a low altitude after free-falling for a period of time, while in the HAHO technique, the parachutist opens the parachute at a high altitude just a few seconds after jumping from the aircraft.

Although HALO techniques were first developed in the 1960s for military uses, in recent years HALO parachute designs have been more widely used in non-military applications, including as a form of skydiving.

In military operations, HALO is also used for delivering equipment, supplies, or personnel, while HAHO is generally used exclusively for personnel. In typical HALO/HAHO insertions the troops jump from altitudes between 15,000 feet (4,600 m) and 35,000 feet (11,000 m)
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