Parachuting, skydiving or even paragliding, have always instilled great enthusiasm and certain eagerness in people. In spite of the great exhilaration and thrill that the parachuting or skydiving causes, it is feasibly not achievable by explorers at times to avail of these sports.
Thus the parachute jump was introduced. Parachute jumping, in places like Brooklyn, and New York City, was introduced as an amusement ride. Later, due to unavoidable circumstances, the parachute jumping got obsolete but remains an exciting ride to explore.
In Brooklyn, the steel structure consisted of an open frame and has a length of 76 meters. The structure has a weight of 150 to 170 tonnes and was often referred to as the Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn.
Facts About The Parachute Jump In New York:
The parachute jump in New York City was first built in the year of 1939. The architects involved in the building of the structure were Michael Mario and Edwin W. Kleinert. The NRHP or the National Register Of Historic Places, responsible for the registration of historic sites and buildings, registered the parachute jump of New York in the year 1980, September 2.
The parachute jump was built for the New York world’s fair in Flushing Meadows.
The ride represented parachutes held by metal rings.
Operation Of The Parachute Jump In New York:
The ride consisted of several parachutes attached to it by metal rings that helped in both the ascend and descend of the ride. The ride was so constructed that it gave riders and tourists more or less the feeling that he would get during an original free fall.
Not only for the amusement purposes were these rides used, but we find that military officials too practiced parachute jumping from airplanes in these rides.
The ride has twelve cantilevered steel arms radiating from the top of the tower. Each and every arm has a parachute. The working of the ride included the riders being belted into a two-person canvas seat.
To the canvas, seat hung the closed parachute that was later hoisted to the top. The release mechanism is the sole mechanism that would drop the belted riders, the latter part of which was governed by the parachute.
In order to avoid accidents and injuries, the ride has shock absorbers at the bottom that helped to cushion the landing.
Cultural Usage Of Parachute Jump:
A number of movies and television series showcased parachute jumping for the first time by which more and more people got aware of the existence of the sport.
The sport was first introduced in the movie of Mr. and Mrs. Smith by Alfred Hitchcock. The parachute jump also inspired the setting up of an erector set in the year of 1940 which later got revised in the year of 1948.
The comic magazine of Strange Tales depicted a scene that had the parachute jump in the background. Similarly, several other magazines, movies, television series, and bands showcased the utility and functioning of parachute jumps which grabbed eyeballs from all over the world.