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.
Smokejumpers Biography; Smokejumping History; Smokejumpers Training of; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (48 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (18 p. : 28 cm.)
Derry, Virgil, "Virgil Derry Interview" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH_133_027.