Luftwaffe Parachute canopy
This one is a bit of a mystery! The canopy is of small size measuring just 60” diameter (152 cm). It is Luftwaffe issue as it is clearly embossed with a Betriebs Aufsicht (BA) inspection stamp of the German Wehrmacht and numbered below 14019. It also carries German manufacturers factory code ‘ecg’ who we have traced to C & M Brüggemann KG, Mechanische Werkstätte / Flugzeug-Gerade who manufactured parachute equipment since 1936. This company are still in business today and we contacted the them to see if they could help us with intended us of this parachute but they were unable to do so. Sadly no Fl number is detailed to help us and the only other clues we have are an embroidered number inside that reads 1365 and a further embossed number W246909. We have discussed intended use with various dealer and collector friends. The high visibility yellow with red strips would indicate it was designed to be seen in the air (target dropping) or perhaps to aid pick up if used to drop rescue or survival equipment to downed aircrew, perhaps in snow or over the sea. The other theory is it was used to carry a parachute flare to illuminate a target. The canopy does not have the normal central hole so the drop speed would have been relatively slow. Seeing intended use is currently unknown we list as a ‘mystery Luftwaffe canopy.’ It is in used condition and the lines have been cut. The canopy is however complete although it does have the odd small hole and other minor damage to the fabric, which feels as though it could be silk. It is a very good display size for a collection. If any visitors to the site can help with a possible use please feel free to join our chat room and we can add details to our description!