Talk:Drogue parachute

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Don't all parachutes fit that description? Livajo 19:24, 8 Sep 2004 (UTC)

I'm not really sure this belongs in Wikipedia at all. My dictionary has a description of this type of parachute under drogue, and quite high up too. mat_x 08:05, 9 Sep 2004 (UTC)

The page has changed substantially since the two comments above. -FunnyMan 21:51, Sep 20, 2004 (UTC)

Apollo splashdown?[edit]

Folks, I'm removing the picture of the Apollo splashdown. Source code was:

[[Image:Splashdown 2.jpg|thumb|[[Apollo Command/Service Module|Apollo Command Module]] [[splashdown (spacecraft landing)|splashdown]]]]

The Apollo Command Module had drogue chutes and main chutes. The drogues were used at a high altitude, then jettisoned, so there's only few pictures of them. The main chutes were used until the thing was in the water, so they're what you see on TV and all the photos, including the above one.

I think it's misleading to show the main chutes with an article that spends a lot of time saying that drogue parachutes are not the same as normal ones.

Dunno about the B-52 picture.

[1] has a picture of the Apollo drogues, but I'm not sure about copyright. But looks like a Nasa picture, so that would be public domain anyway. -- 08:51, 11 June 2007 (UTC)

Italian or Russian invention?[edit]

May 9th 2011 wrote "The drogue parachute was invented by Giovanni Agusta in 1911." [2], and Giovanni Agusta is Italian. But May 20th 2010 Greyhood added [Category:Russian inventions] [3]. Is the drogue chute an Italian or a Russian invention? --Regards, Necessary Evil (talk) 13:21, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

The Giovanni Agusta page makes no mention at all of the parachute, whereas it's clearly mentioned on Gleb Kotelnikov's page. I changed the intro to eliminate the contradiction. JustinTime55 (talk) 13:40, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
Reading between the lines: I found a website,, Historical Review, which seems to use the term "drogue parachute" as a synonym for "pilot parachute", which is a small parachute used to pull out a larger main chute. This is apparently what Agusta invented in 1911, when he used a small parachute to pull off his helmet and deploy a larger parachute. But this doesn't fit our definition of a drogue, used either to slow a fast dive before deployment of the main chute, or to slow a vehicle (e.g. race car, airplane, or the Space Shuttle.) We don't have a Pilot parachute article. JustinTime55 (talk) 18:56, 5 February 2016 (UTC)