Firefighters parachute into forests from Ford trimotor airplane. Parachute training in Missoula, Montana
United States USA Date:1940 Duration:1 min 52 sec Sound:Yes
Aerial view of a lookout tower in a forest in United States . A Ford trimotor airplane takes off on a grass field. The airplane in flight and dropping supplies to firefighters, by parachute. Scenes of 1939 experimental tests with firefighters parachuting from a Ford trimotor, near Winthrop, Washington. They can be seen leaving the aircraft, chutes opening, and firefighters descending. Scenes from first operational use of parachuting firefighters, on July 12, 1940, when Smoke Jumpers, Rufus Johnson and Earl Cooley parachuted into the Nez Perce forest , in Idaho, where they successfully extinguished a small fire. Rufus Johnson was the first to jump from the airplane, followed immediately by Earl Cooley. Fire fighters being trained at a parachute training center in Missoula, Montana. Men learn to jump and run over wooden planks. An instructor gives directions to trainees on a loudspeaker.
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