This is a page of various rigging info I've collected as I work toward my rigging ticket. I am very
interested in the technical aspects of parachute construction, and here is a collection of the
specifications that most modern (and historic) rigs. Hopefully knowing where this stuff comes from will
make it easier for someone to order replacement materials for their own work.
Parachute Rigging Handbook
Practical Test Standards
Mil-Specs are typically designated with a single letter designating the type of standard. "C" for cloth,
"W" for webbing, etc. I found most of the MIL-SPEC numbers from The Parachute Manual, Volume I by
Dan Poynter, and the PDFs came from the Defense Logistics Agency's ASSIST website.
MIL-C-3395: NYLON CLOTH NETTING
MIL-C-3953: NYLON CLOTH (DUCK)
MIL-C-5040: NYLON CORD: SUSPENSION LINE
MIL-C-5646: COTTON CORD: AIRPLANE
MIL-C-5651: CORD, ELASTIC
MIL-C-7020: NYLON RIPSTOP CLOTH (PARACHUTE)
MIL-C-7129: NYLON CLOTH DUCK, PARACHUTE PACK. Para-Pak, container outer shell fabric.
MIL-C-7350: NYLON PARACHUTE CLOTH
MIL-C-44378: CLOTH, NYLON, PARACHUTE, LOW PERMEABILITY. Type I material is the typical
F-111 canopy fabric.
MIL-H-7750: HOUSING, PARACHUTE, RIPCORD
MIL-R-1832: RUBBER BANDS
MIL-T-5038/MIL-PRF-5038: TAPE, TEXTILE, WEBBING. These are the typical sport rig tapes.
Type III - Binding tape. Type V - Pilot Chutes & Deployment Bag rubber band stow attach points. Most
others are reinforcing tapes.
MIL-T-5608: TAPE, PARACHUTE, CANOPY (TEXTILE-NYLON)
MIL-T-5661: TAPE AND WEBBING,COTTON
MIL-T-6134: TAPE, NYLYON, PARACHUTE
MIL-W-4088: WEBBING, TEXTILE, WOVEN NYLON. Most strength webbings for sport rigs. Type VII -
Main lift web and major harness webbing. Type VIII - Risers, chest straps. Type XVII - Micro-risers,
MIL-W-530: WEBBING, TEXTILE, COTTON (GENERAL)
MIL-W-5625: WEBBING, TUBULAR
MIL-W-5664: WEBBING, ELASTIC
MIL-W-5665: WEBBING, TEXTILE, COTTON WARP