Story: Aerial recreation

Preparing to parachute

Preparing to parachute

Early parachute descents were hazardous, performed by daredevils using rudimentary chutes. Here, professional parachutist ‘Scotty’ Fraser prepares to jump from the wing of a biplane piloted by ‘Mac’ McGregor in 1932. Fraser and McGregor were a popular display team: while Fraser made his parachute jump McGregor would launch into an aerobatic routine. Both men came to an untimely end. When McGregor died in an air crash at Rongotai in 1936, Fraser offered to put on a parachute display to raise money for the family. During the McGregor Memorial Fund Pageant, Fraser jumped to his death over Lyall Bay when his parachute failed to open.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Aerial recreation - Parachuting and skydiving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6099/preparing-to-parachute (accessed 25 February 2018)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006