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Albert Berry

Pilot Tony Jannus (left) and Capt. Albert Berry, the first man ever to parachute from an airplane. This photo was taken by the Bain News Service sometime between 1910 and 1915 -- presumably in 1912 or after, since 1912 was the year Albert Berry made his first jump.  

The pair are sitting in one of the old-style airplanes of those early days. The parachute itself was held in the cone at Berry's feet.

Photo from the Bain News Service collection at the U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. (LC-DIG-ggbain-10188)