• Airborne School instructor Staff Sgt. Christopher Wheaton gathers his T-11 parachute after being dropped from a C-130 March 16, at Fryar Drop Zone on Fort Benning, Ga. The T-11 is the newest parachute in the Army's inventory replacing the decades old T-10 parachute.

    Fort Benning paratroopers make first jump using T11

    Airborne School instructor Staff Sgt. Christopher Wheaton gathers his T-11 parachute after being dropped from a C-130 March 16, at Fryar Drop Zone on Fort Benning, Ga. The T-11 is the newest parachute in the Army's inventory replacing the decades old...

  • Paratroopers using the Army's new T-11 parachute exit a C-130 March 16, at Fryar Field on Fort Benning, Ga. This was the first jump for Airborne students using the Army's new parachute.

    Fort Benning paratroopers make first jump with T11

    Paratroopers using the Army's new T-11 parachute exit a C-130 March 16, at Fryar Field on Fort Benning, Ga. This was the first jump for Airborne students using the Army's new parachute.

  • A paratrooper using the T-11 parachute lands March 16 at Fryar Drop Zone on Fort Benning, Ga. The 52-pound T-11 reduces a paratrooper's landing impact by 49 percent, which is expected to significantly reduce jump-related injuries.

    Fort Benning paratroopers make first jump using T11

    A paratrooper using the T-11 parachute lands March 16 at Fryar Drop Zone on Fort Benning, Ga. The 52-pound T-11 reduces a paratrooper's landing impact by 49 percent, which is expected to significantly reduce jump-related injuries.

  • A paratrooper using the Army's new T-11 parachute comes in for his landing March 16 at Fryar Drop Zone on Fort Benning, Ga. The T-11 is designed for the modern warfighter whose average combat load has increased to more than 400 pounds compared to earlier loads of about 300 pounds.

    Fort Benning paratroopers make first jump using T11

    A paratrooper using the Army's new T-11 parachute comes in for his landing March 16 at Fryar Drop Zone on Fort Benning, Ga. The T-11 is designed for the modern warfighter whose average combat load has increased to more than 400 pounds compared to...

  • Paratroopers float to the ground at Fryar Drop Zone on Fort Benning, Ga., March 16 using the Army's new T-11 parachute. More than 400 students made the jump with the parachute that is replacing the T-10, which has been in the Army's inventory since the 1950s.

    Fort Benning paratroopers make first jump using T11

    Paratroopers float to the ground at Fryar Drop Zone on Fort Benning, Ga., March 16 using the Army's new T-11 parachute. More than 400 students made the jump with the parachute that is replacing the T-10, which has been in the Army's inventory since the...

  • CSM Chippy Mezzaline, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, prepares to jump with the new T-11 parachute March 16 at Fryar Field on Fort Benning, Ga.

    CSM Chippy Mezzaline, 1st Battalion (Airborne)...

    CSM Chippy Mezzaline, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, prepares to jump with the new T-11 parachute March 16 at Fryar Field on Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Airborne student, 2LT Charles Lesperance, left, gives other students the one-minute warning prior to his first jump.  Lesperance was the first student to jump with the T-11.

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    Airborne student, 2LT Charles Lesperance, left, gives other students the one-minute warning prior to his first jump. Lesperance was the first student to jump with the T-11.

  • An Airborne student exits with the T-11 parachute.

    First T-11 jump: Inside the plane

    An Airborne student exits with the T-11 parachute.

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