Irvin Air chute Factory

Can you tell us more about working at this firm?

By Gill Clements

Decorations in AID inspection, VE Day
The "Lives Saved" record (between the flags) VE Day
Irvin Air Chute Factory

Some photographs from this vital wartime parachute company.

Perhaps you can identify some of the people in the photo’s? or tell us something about working there?

This page was added on 19/05/2010.

Comments about this page

  • I worked at Irvin Air Chute in Letchworth from when i
    left school in 1963 until i left to have my daughter in 1972. I was the RD inspector and inspected the brake
    chutes for the Concord and the Jaguar jump jet.I was
    inspecting the Concord bake chute when Edward Heath came to Irvin’s.I had a lot of great working days
    with Irvin’s.

    By Patricia.Harrower (ferrie) (28/06/2019)
  • I think I work in this building now! We have converted it into a beautiful showroom and create bespoke furniture here. I would absolutely love to know more about the history of the building if anyone could tell us more. Maybe come in for a cup of tea! Our business is called Wicked Mata and we would really like to put the history of the building onto our website, so any information we could get would be much appreciated.
    Lucy –

    By Lucy Hobbs (05/06/2019)
  • I worked at IAC Fort Erie Canada in the 60’s. We supplied chutes to Ghana. One of my duties was to send gold caterpillar 🐛 pins to people whose lives were saved using the Irvin chute.

    By Grace Bellamy (Wigley) (04/03/2019)
  • I worked at Irvins in Letchworth from 1952 until 1956 in the research and development dept then in the southern California R&D department. In England I helped design ribbon chutes for aircraft braking including the Vulcan bomber.

    By Fay Stone nee Wood (09/06/2017)
  • My mother, Charlotte Auliff was an inspector of parachutes at Letchworth in the late 30’s. I still have her ‘stamp’.
    Can we see more photographs from contributers!

    By Peter Auliff (05/12/2016)
  • My mother Audrey Milligan worked there during the 40’s maiden name Parrott and her sister Dorothy Parrott both had relocated there during the 1930’s from South Shields. My father Jack Milligan’s sister Mary Milligan worked in the office and on an invited works dinner dance, my father Jack meet my mother there. I have a picture if I can find how to put it on.

    By Robert Milligan (31/01/2016)
  • With my recent comment on the Irvin Parachute, I should have mentioned that I did 8 jumps using the Irvin ‘chute at Ringway Manchester which was home to No. 1 PTS, the training school for the Parachute Regiment from 1940 until 1946

    By Bill Watts (10/12/2014)
  • I have official photos taken at Ringway, home to No.1 Parachute Training School from 1940 – 1946 showing the Irvin Parachutes being packed. See my website

    Bill “Wattie” Watts

    ex Sgt 3rd Bn Parachute Regt. Palestine 1945-48

    By Bill Watts (01/11/2014)
  • These are most interesting pictures showing parachute production. I would be interested in seeing photos of the Irvin flying jacket being made in the factory. Perhaps there are some people still alive who worked in the factory and have memories of making the jackets and trousers for RAF flight crew.

    By Andrew Swatland (28/10/2010)

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