B-12, B-20

Military emergency parachute system; 28-foot diameter, non-steerable

B-12; NSN 1670-00-805-9036 (PN 50C7024-19)

B-20; NSN 1670-00-805-9037 (PN 50C7024-20)


The B-12/20 emergency parachute assembly is a basic non-automatic back style parachute. The B-12/20 consists of a standard C-9 canopy, risers, pilot parachute assembly, cushion, harness and pack assembly (which incorporates a D-handle ripcord grip) and two PCU-4/P canopy releases.

The B-12/20 has an operational capability of less than 25,000 feet and 300 knots of air speed. The B-12/20 emergency parachute assembly is designed for use in non-ejection seat type aircraft, such as C-46, C-54, C-117, C-130, and H-21. This emergency parachute is also used by jumpmaster and loadmaster for safety when they working in flight.

Following egress from the aircraft, the aircrew manually pulls the ripcord assembly to initiate canopy inflation.


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All parachute assemblies are qualified, manufactured and inspected in strict accordance with current applicable MIL-DTL-6645, MIL-DTL-7567 and MIL-STD-849.

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