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“Parachute Jumping” (1925)

I have been asked many times to describe the sensations one gets when jumping.  The first one was a real thrill, but the confidence aroused by the perfect functioning of the chute made any future thrill hard to raise, as one has nothing but anticipation of a pleasant glide to earth before him when he knows his chute and its safety factor.  The life of a parachute instructor, with its schedule of jumps with each class, becomes dull, and we often were forced to think up some new stunt that would drive away the ennui of the routine. We made…
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Principles of Ammunition (1910)

THE SHELL. Field Artillery projectiles are either shrapnel or high-explosive shell.  Common shell and case-shot may now be considered obsolete. Shrapnel. ...The walls of the shell are made as thin as possible, in order to get in the greatest possible weight of bullets.  For this reason, the shell is made of hard and tough nickel steel, pressed hot from the ingot and afterwards drawn out hot by passing through successive discs. It will be observed that the body of the shell is contracted at the shoulder.  The object of this "choke-boring" is to get a closer pattern with the bullets,…
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