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Catalog Number 9880-30
Title Jacket, Encil Chambers
Object Name Jacket
Description Black leather jacket with metal zipper down the front.

Label: "Genuine/ Front Quarter/ Horsehide"
Material leather (horsehide)
Height (in) 25
Width (in) 17
People Chambers, Encil
Other Name Jacket, Men's
History Aviator's jacket worn by Encil Chambers.

Sgt. Encil Chambers reached legendary aviator status with a record altitude parachute jump from 26,800 feet over Kansas City in November 1921. His daring jumps were not mere publicity stunts. They were essential in the development of the parachute as a life- saving device. Pilots who survived an emergency parachute jump became members of the "Caterpillar Club" (referring to the silkworms that produced the parachute fabric). Shortly after his record jump, Chambers left the U. S. Army Air Service and became associated with Ray Page's Aerial Pageant and the Lincoln Aircraft Company. By the early 1930s Chambers was the plant manager and a company director.
Credit line Encil Chambers, Wheeling, West Virginia
Collection Chambers, Encil