Virgil Derry Interview

Interviewee

Virgil Derry

Interviewer

Jim Norgaard

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Description

Virgil Derry discusses his early involvement with parachuting and testing equipment later used by smokejumpers. He describes the experimental jumps he made with his brother, Frank Derry, in 1939 for Eagle Parachute Company to determine the feasibility of dropping smokejumpers on fires. Derry talks about how he and his brother developed equipment and techniques that were later adopted by the early smokejumper program during these jumps. He also recalls his previous experience parachuting at county fairs and hang gliding.

Type

Oral History

Subjects

Smokejumpers Biography; Smokejumping History; Smokejumpers Training of; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies

Original Date

7-20-1984

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

Original Collection

Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights

Copyright to this collection is held by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use of this item. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH_133_027

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (48 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (18 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

48 minutes

Local Filename

oh133_027.mp3; OH133-27.pdf

Virgil Derry Interview
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