National Airborne Day in the USA (16/08)

Every year on August 16, the United States celebrates a professional holiday - National Airborne Day in the USA, which was established in honor of a memorable date in the history of the American Airborne Forces.

On this day in 1940, during an army test, 48 volunteers made the first parachute jump at the American military base Fort Benning (Georgia). The use of parachutes in the army, in order to transfer troops behind enemy lines, was proposed by Brigadier General William Mitchell.

After successful "tests", the Americans began to use this "innovative" method of conducting combat operations during the Second World War, further improving the technique of throwing military units behind enemy lines. And also this first parachute jump marked the birth of a new combat and very effective unit in the US Army - the Airborne Forces (Airborne Forces).