Modern Parachute is Patented

Multiple people throughout history, including Leonardo da Vinci, have designed parachutes. The modern parachute was not patented until 1920. This version included a ripcord, a folding parachute, and a harness. According to Google Patents, this was filed under patent number US1340423A. The inventor is listed as Floyd Smith. The patent has since expired, and this is a common framework for parachutes in use today.

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18 May 1920