New parachute for Airborne soldiers

History was made Tuesday afternoon at Fryar Field on Fort Benning when a class of more than 400 Airborne students jumped for the first time using the new T-11 parachute system.

"Today’s jump is huge," said Lt. Col. Jon A. Ring, commander of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Infantry Regiment of the 199th Infantry Brigade. "It's very historic for the 1-507th, the U.S. Army Airborne School here at Fort Benning, because i'’s the first time in over 51 years that we've introduced a brand new, completely redone parachute system to the Army and to the Department of Defense."

The T-11 is vastly different from its predecessor, the T-10, in almost every way, from the size and shape of its canopy to its average rate of descent.

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