The First Invented Paraglider – “Ram Air Canopy” or “Jalbert Parafoil”

There are many types of extreme sports in the world and these are all breathtaking and challenging. This is the reason why people who engaged themselves to such dangerous sporting activities must have the right training and skills to compete. Of course, these are awesome experiences to consider because they take one’s life in the next level, despite the risks.

If we discuss a very interesting sport and an extreme outdoor activity, this has to be the paragliding competition. Today, this is one of the most popular adventure sports and it is amazing to see those sky gliders flying on top of the earth with total satisfaction. Perhaps an intriguing factor about this kind of recreational and competitive activity is that the gliders are flying even without using any sort of engine.
Meaning, a paraglider has the capacity to float in the sky like a typical aircraft.

The continuing success of this type of flying equipment has an inventor or creator, and that is for sure. According to history as published through, Domina C. Jalbert invented the first invented paraglider known as “Ram Air Canopy” or “Jalbert Parafoil.” He revealed and filed a Patent in the United States for his invention on January 10, 1963.

However, he had developed his invention in the 1950s before the U.S. Patent.

Domina Jalbert is a native of Saint-Jean-de-Matha in Quebec, Canada. During his earlier life, he made a decision to transfer in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. From here, he was able to work for years and become a resident of the area. As years pass by, he then made a decision to relocate in another place known as Boca Raton in Florida.
The inventor of the “Ram Air Canopy” became a licensed pilot in the United States in year 1927. With his impressive knowledge, he was able to create different huge flying kites, which they use in many promotional campaigns during the 1930s. The invention skills of Jalbert continue to flourish when a United States Rubber Company based in Connecticut hired him to invent barrage balloons.

They used these balloons in safeguarding the western region of the American coastline.

In year 1944, he decided to file a patent of his invention (combined with a balloon and flexible wings) and they recognized this nowadays as the “Kytoon” as part of his successful creations over the past years. Of course, the era of his paragliding invention began in 1957 when he designed and created the first paraglider with U.S. Patent.

Before his filed the patent, he tested and completed the design purposely.

The formal confirmation of his “Ram Air Canopy” happened in January 10, 1963 and he believed that this would be the start of something new for people who love extreme sports such as skydiving, parachuting, kiting, sport flying, hang gliding and other related outdoor activities.

Without any doubt, the first invented paraglider of Jalbert is the mother of all existing paragliding equipments today.

The history of paragliding may not be rich as the other types of invented flying machines in the world. However, this is now become one of the most popular sports events and the existing manufacturers continue to increase in numbers. For people who show interest to try this kind of extreme activity, it is very important to learn the basics and the exact methods on how to fly correctly.

An outdoor activity like a paraglide needs a person to undergo proper evaluation, training and test flying before the final jump without any assistance. As expected, the availability of the Internet can provide the best information to avoid potential injury or inconvenience.

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