Our video of today is the static line jump of Paratroopers form the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division. The jump was made by these paratroopers from a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The location of the drop was Sicily Drop Zone at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Now to answer the question what is a Static Line Jump? A static line is actually a fixed cord that is attached on to a stable part of the aircraft and is used to open parachutes automatically for paratroopers and novice parachutists.
One end of the static line is attached with a stable part of the aircraft while other is attached to the jumper’s D-Bag. When a parachutists jumps out of the plane, the static line becomes taut which then pulls out the D-Bag out of the container worn by the jumper.
Fee from its B-Bag, jumper now continues to fall with its canopy inflating. After the jump, Canopy starts to inflate and supporting the jumper after 4 seconds.
In case of an accident, students are taught as to how to cut off the main canopy and deploy the reserve chute.
The purpose of this static line jump is to teach the new paratroopers to stable their body positions as they leave the aircraft. In addition to this they are also taught as to how to deploy the canopy through the pilot chute mechanism.