Heirloom parachute wedding dress

The Smithsonian's collection includes this American wedding gown made from a parachute that saved the groom's life in WWII:
This wedding dress was made from a nylon parachute that saved the groom's life during World War II. Maj. Claude Hensinger, a B-29 pilot, and his crew, were returning from a bombing raid over Yowata, Japan, in August 1944 when their engine caught fire. The crew was forced to bail out. It was night and Major Hensinger landed on some rocks and suffered some minor injuries. During the night he used the parachute both as a pillow and a blanket. In the morning the crew was able to reassemble and were taken in by some friendly Chinese. He kept the parachute and used it as a way to propose to Ruth in 1947. He presented it to her and suggested she make a gown out of it for their wedding.
Link (via Making Light)


  1. How beautiful to make use of the chute this way, I guess many parachuters dreamt of that – nice to see that at least one actually made it.


    Dirk, Germany

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