No 1 PTS RAF Ringway

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Drag training teaches trainee parachutists to release themselves from being dragged by parachute on the ground.

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Recruit pulling in a parachute container after dropping, Ringway.

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Parachute training using a barrage balloon at Ringway. This method of training was still used into the 1990s.

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Shot of a parachute training descent with container immediately on exiting the aircraft over Tatton Park.

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A Parachute course stick photographed during the early parachute training days with their harnesses and headwear on.

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Instruction sketches for parachute training pamphlet, showing X-Type Parachute

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Shot of a parachute training hangar filled with swing harnesses and other equipment.

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Course students are shown the parachute packing process, Ringway.

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Possibly the first training fatality from a parachute failing to open (centre left).

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An acrobatic exit from a Whitley aircraft during a training jump.

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Winston Churchill's motorcade passes lines of soldiers on his visit to Ringway, April 1941.

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Recruits emplaning prior to a training jump at Ringway. Note number two is carrying his parachute container.

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Early paratroopers wearing the locally manufactured rubber "Flash Gordon" helmet, c1940.

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Early paratrooper adopts correct jumping position on exiting the aircraft over Tatton Park.

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Paratrooper has just exited the aircraft. He holds a container and is attached to the plane by his release strop.

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Paratroopers training in a Douglas Dakota aircraft. The strop is attached to the floor of the aircraft.

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Paratrooper looks out a Douglas Dakota aircraft window for briefed landmarks on approaching the drop zone.

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The first of a parachute stick waits for the green light before jumping from the aircraft.

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RAF Parachute Jump Instructors' Insignia (Until November 1945)

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RAF Parachute Jump Instructors' Insignia (From November 1945)

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Men of the 1st Parachute Battalion parading in ‘stick’ order next to a Whitley at R.A.F. Ringway. Late 1941/early 1942.

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General Sir John Dill inspects a parachute with 11 SAS at Tatton Park December 1940

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Parachute Jump Instructor conducting training at Ringway, 1941

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Photograph taken for the Chicago Tribune, probably RAF Ringway, 22 May 1941

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Jim Lund under instruction at Ringway, 1943

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2nd Lt Harper, centre back, after his eighth parachute jump at Ringway, 1944

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Men from a parachute course in 1945 pose for the camera with their girlfriend's names written on their hats.

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Sgt Stratton (centre) with a section of trainees from Course 161, RAF Ringway April 1945

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Group photo of a section on course B172 RAF Ringway, July 1945

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