The Luftwaffe Sitzfallschirm Model 30 IS 24 (Fl. 30231) was based on the original British Irvin parachute, which German copied once the war had broken out. it was worn by fighter pilots in Me109, Ju87, Me262, Me110, as well as crew members in larger aircraft that had a bucket-type seat. It features the copied RAF quick release box (although the Germans added a safety key to prevent accidental depression and potential premature release).
The difference between the standard Seat Parachute and the High-Altitude version, was the addition of a small oxygen tank stored in the seat section. This allowed the pilot to attach his oxygen mask to the unit, thus giving him much needed air when bailing out at higher than normal altitudes.
Made of aluminum, brass, and steel, this “seat type” High Altitude HAS 16 was only used in Fighters and Interceptors. It is one of the RAREST oxygen systems to find for the seat-type German Parachutes! Though it is missing the top cover, the overall condition is SUPERB, showing only normal age from storage! Though there is some slight scratching on the metal fittings, but NO damage or corrosion! As it was left over after the war, the Czechs added their own markings to some of the components internally (also has some post-war Russian stamps). The last photo shows the exact location where this oxygen unit was stored. EXTREMELY rare, it would make a PERFECT addition to any collection or display!
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