Primary Arms Giveaway

Just Hanging Around


Noncommissioned officers help Natick’s Aerial Delivery Directorate researchers test the RA-1 parachute‚Äôs harness for comfort and fit in cold conditions created in the Doriot Climactic Chambers. Brrrrrr!


11 Responses to “Just Hanging Around”

  1. I can hardly claim to have lead a life filled with discomfort and hard challenges, but hanging static in a mock-up harness rig definitely ranks up there on the “rather uncomfortable things” list.

  2. Steve says:

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck that.

  3. patrulje68 says:

    Suspended agony, the only thing worse was the old STABO harness. After a long flight no one on the team could stand until the blood returned to our legs.l

  4. Jose says:

    So are the freefall chute harnesses more comfortable than static line chutes? Cause there’s no way in hell, I’d just hang around in a harness just for shits and giggles. Shit would start to go numb after a while.

  5. Mike Nomad says:

    …It all counts toward 20.

  6. Hubb says:

    Does anybody have information on those overboots?

  7. N.D. Tyson says:

    The RA-1 is not the T-10. It was designed for long-distance offset infils. The harness is incredibly comfortable.

    • Riceball says:

      If it really is comfortable then it might be too bad of a duty, so long as you’re allowed the occasional drink and snacks, some headphones to listen to music, and reading material otherwise I’d be bored silly, comfortable harness or not.

  8. Philip says:

    Sure would beat the hell out of pulling staff duty…

  9. straps says:

    I occasionally use the term “at ease in the harness,” a term apparently rarely used in today’s kindler, gentler Army. But it’s funny to watch the piss and vinegar crowd smile and wince.

    Assignment at Natick is definitely a “what you make of it” gig. Not everyone gets it.