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Publication numberUS2360193 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 10, 1944
Filing dateMay 10, 1941
Priority dateMay 10, 1941
Publication numberUS 2360193 A, US 2360193A, US-A-2360193, US2360193 A, US2360193A
InventorsBoothby Walter M, Randolph Lovelace William
Original AssigneeBoothby Walter M, Randolph Lovelace William
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Oxygen-delivering parachute escape outfit
US 2360193 A
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Patented Oct. 10, 1944 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFEQE OXYGEN-DELIVERING PARACHUTE ESCAPE OUTFIT Walter M. Boothby and William Randolph Lovelace, 11, Rochester, Minn.

Our invention relates to an oxygen-delivering parachute escape outfit and has for its object to provide aviators and others, particularly military aviators and observers who go to great heights in airplanes, with means for supplying oxygen to maintain consciousness during a period of descent when forced to bail out at such great heights because of wreckage or failure of the airplane. I

It is well known that satisfactory life conditions of individuals cannot be maintained for long periods of time under barometric pressures encountered at elevations much above 10,000 feet without addition of oxygen which is delivered so as to maintain pressures in the alveolar regions of the lungs corresponding to a degree with those in normal living ranges of barometric pressure. When elevations of 15,000 feet or over are reached it is absolutely essential to fortify both alveolar pressures and oxygen supply by adding oxygen. And when barometric pressures at elevations of some 35,000 feet or over are encountered unconsciousness would ensue almost instantly (about thirty-five seconds) unless added oxygen is supplied to the lungs of a breather at such high altitudes to maintain the partial pressure of oxygen at or near to normal.

Means have been provided to furnish the aviator with an adequate supply of oxygen in suitable quantities which are, because of the necessity of conveying tanks of oxygen of considerable weight, necessarily in effect attached to and movable with the airplane itself. Hence, if the plane is wrecked or fails at high atmospheres and the aviator were to attempt to bail out it would be necessary to break the connection with the oxygen supply normally carried by the plane. Unconsciousness would immediately follow and either the aviator would fail to clear the falling plane or if he did, would probably be unable to pull the ripcord for the parachute and his destruction would follow.

To meet the conditions prevailing where, especially in military aviation, high altitudes from 20,000 to 30,000 feet and even higher and correspondingly low barometric pressures are encountered, we have devised a simple and eflicient means for providing an oxygen supply for a short time such that the aviator can transfer from the oxygen supplying means of the airplane and carry with him the necessary supply of oxygen to maintain consciousness and life for the relatively short time to descend from the high altitude where bailing out becomes necessary to the lower altitudes where safe breathing of external air is possible.

It is the principal object of our invention, therefore, to provide such means which include a small tank of oxygen at suitable pressure positioned in a specially strongly reenforced pocket formed on the aviators clothing preferably reenforced by straps over the shoulder, with valve mechanism operable by a turn of the wrist and a mask structure adapted to overlie the mouth of the aviator and having a breathing mouth turret adapted to be inserted m the mouth of the wearer and to be gripepd by his teeth.

It is a further object of our invention to provide such means having a szructure such that the transfer and resulting supplying of emergency oxygen can be efiected with very great speed. When once eifected and the valve to the tank is opened oxygen will flow from the tank and wil enter the mouth at such a rate that the alveolar pressure of oxygen will be r. aintained nearly r-ormal and suflicient oxygen supplied even if the wearer may in part breathe through the exposed nasal passages, although military aviators will doubtless be trained for mouth breathing under such conditions (a nasal clamp can be used if desired but training of aviator is preferable).

It is a further object of our invention to provide simple suspension means whereby the mouth gripping mask structure may be held suspended below the mouth of a wearer where it can be 1nstantly slipped up into position to be gripped by the teeth, and wherein the suspension means preferably adjusted as to length before ascent is flexible and will exert some degree of pull in aiding in holding the mouth gripping mask upon the face of the wearer.

It is a further object of our invention to form the mouth mask structure with laterally disposed wings and a promoting member having an elongated opening therethrough, the whole assemblage being such that once gripped by the teeth of an aviator it will normally tend to be held in place upon the aviator's face and will not easily 1 the teeth which will normally be composed of relatively soft rubber material.

It is a further object of our invention to provide in connection with the oxygen tank adapted to be secured in a pocket of the garment of the aviator a valve structure embodying a hollow valve stem, a tube connecting nipple extending beyond the operating handle and a limited channel through a portion of the-valve stem which will determine flow of oxygen to the mask structure at a rate which, at the pressures at which the oxygen is being delivered will supply the mask structure with sufficient oxygen to maintain a safe supply thereof at safe quantities and With out waste to the breather.

The full objects and advantages 01 our invention will appear in the detailed description there- I of hereinafter given and the novel features by which the above outlined advantageous results are obtained will be particularly pointed out in r the claim.

' In the dlawing illustrating'an application of our invention in one form,

Fig. 1 is a side elevation View of our complete parachute escape mask and. apparatus.

Fig.2 illustrates the manner in which the apparatus is positioned relative to an air pilot or observer in an airplane when said pilot is being served with oxygen by devices more or'less permanently attached to the airplane.

Fig. 3 shows the escape apparatus applied to the mouth of the wearer just before he bails. out. Fig. 4 is an enlarged sectional view through the valve head or neck of the specially constructed tank, for controlling delivery of oxygen to the wearer.

Fig. 5 is a sectional view taken through the structure adapted to be held in the mouth of the wearer which constitutes in effect a mask structure'oi the oral type.

Fig.6 is a detail view showing the adjusted slot structure for determining'rate of flow of gas to the delivery tube.

As shown herein, our parachute escape a paratus comprises a mask or mcuth piece structure ID, a connecting tube therefor ii and a gas container 12. Under normal operative conditions the aviator or ether individual is supplied with oxygen from tank fixed in position in the airplane through a tube l3 which goes to a. mask,

structure it of well known construction, held upon the face of the aviator by means of strap members 55 and wherein breathing takes place normally with added oxygen delivered through tube l3 in connection with a rebreathmg bag it and escape valve mechanism ii.

The aviator will be provided with a pocket l8 along the trousers leg of his uniform. This pocket should be formed of very strong material and be heavily reenforced and firmly united with the garment to which it is attached and preferably Y will have added thereto a system of strap support (not shown) running over the shoulder of the wearer. The reasonfor this heavy reenforcement in supporting the tank, comes from the fact that at jumping clear of the plane the aviator will gain great speed in falling before the ripcord can be pulled and the parachute opened, and then there is a slight retardation of that descent, which, unless the tank is sufficientlyheld and supported as above noted, might result in its being torn loose, and so pulled away from the aviator and be rendered useless for the purpose intended. And the mouth-piece mask ill will be conveniently supported from the neck of the aviator just below his mouth, as shown in Fig. 2, so that in case of sudden necessity to bail out at high altitudes the aviator can quickly strip off his mask structure l4, apply the mouth-piece mask Ill in place thereof, turn on the oxygen from the small tank l2, by means hereinafter described, and jump clear of the falling airplane. He then will have a supply of oxygen to maintain himself at least until he reaches such lower level as to have sufficient oxygen and a sumciently high air pressure to maintain life.

The tank I2 is provided with a neck member 20 which is shown somewhat in detail in Fig. 4. This neck member has a central opening 2| which is connected at its bottom with a channel 22 leading to the interior of tank I! for gas passage. Threaded at 23 to the interior of chamber 2! is a valve stem 2-. having thereon a valve handle 25 by which the valve stem is rotated, such rotation causing it to move to and frnm the opening of channel 22 into a bottom chamber 26 below passageway 2!. The valve stem 24 has a channel or bore 21 extending through it which opens through a bore such as indicated at 28 into chamber 26.

Surrounding the opening of passageway 22 into chamber 26 is a valve seat 30 which is engaged by the face of valve member 3! fast on valve stem 24. A. nut 32 surrounds valve stem 24 and operates upon stufmg box 33 to seal valve stem 24 against escape of gas in any of its positions. An opening 35 is normally closed by a cap member 35 and provides a way of filling the tank, being there connected by means not shown with a source of supply of dry oxygen gas under pressure so that when valve 3i is taken off of valve seat 30 and the opening 21 is closed by means hereinafter described a supply of oxygen may be admitted into tank H]. A safety plug 36 prevents the tank l2 being charged with an excessive pressure which might result in explosions. For safe operation or this device at the very low temperatures (often minus at which it will be used, requires that the oxygen stored in the tank shall be absolutely dry.

The channel 21 in valve stem 24 is expanded at its upper part into a larger channel 31 in which is threaded a. member 38, Figs. 4 and 6,

providedwith a screw head 39 by means of which of flow will be greatest when the pressure of the tank is highest which will be at the high elevation when the escape apparatus is first put into use. The pressure within the tank and the consequent rate of flow will fall as the wearer descends; but since he is constantly going into areas of higher and higher barometric pressure this fall in oxygen pressure and rate of delivery to the aviator will be fully compensated. A look nut 82 holds the member 38 in its final adjusted position. As shown in Fig. 4 this position is that in which the channel or bore 21 is not blocked and the apparatus is in condition to be opened up for delivery of oxygen. This is effected, of course, merely by turning valve handle 25, one turn of the wrist being sufiicient.

, The tube H is connected with the valve stem 21 by being in effect screwed on to the threaded end 43 thereof, this semi-permanent form of attachment being essential to prevent jerking loose of the tube under stress and excitement of the application of the apparatus in a falling airplane.

The mask mouth-piece In is shown in detail in .Figs. 1 and 5. It comprises a body of rubber or similar material formed with a pair of wings 44 and 45 with an intervening plateau portion 46 and a mouth turret 4'! formed with a bulge 48 which overlies an annular rim 49 formed on a rigid member 50, of metal, Bakelite or the like, but strong enough to resist any compressive pressure of the jaws and teeth when the device is held in the mouth of the wearer. The opening in mouth turret 41 is a fiat oval in form as shown in Fig. l and overlies an opening 52 through rigid member so of the same general shape.

An opening 52 goes into a chamber 53 in which extends a turret member 54. This turret member as preferably will have attached thereto a tube H which extends some distance downwardly perhaps as much as six inches from the mask body 50, and which provides a certain amount of reservoir and rebreathing capacity for escaping oxygen. In place of the tube St under certain conditions the turret 54 may be formed as shown in Fig. 5 and may be provided with a sponge rubber control valve 55 across an opening 56 going to atmosphere. It is preferred, however, not to use the sponge rubber disc arrangement for the reason that at excessively low temperatures where the device may be used there is danger of ice forming on the disc, which would hamper or prevent respiration.

The chamber 53 has an opening 5'! extending therefrom and a tubular extension 58 which receives a hollow connector member 59. The tube II is united at 60 with the connector member 59.

' A band indicated at 6!, Fig. 5, composedof rela tively soft rubber is applied to the neck of the turret extension 41 providing a body of soft material to be gripped by the teeth.

A band 65 of elastic material has an opening therein indicated at 66 so that portions of the band 6'! and 68 lie on either side of the plateau extensions 46. As shown in Fig. 2, theband will be adjusted to the weather so that under normal operation when applied to the neck of the wearer it will hold member Hi just below the chin of the 'wearer where it can be quickly brought to the mouth when the normal mask I4 is taken off.

The advantages in operation of our escape device are, or course, primarily that it provides a certain and safe adjunct to an aviators equipment which will enable him to leave the airplane and its oxygen supply secured thereto and to maintain himself during parachute descent from high elevations and consequent low barometric" pressures.

' oxygen from the tank in the pocket of his trousers It may be assumed that the aviator isin the position of Fig. 2 employing-the mask for providingthe regular oxygen supply from the'tank carried in the airplane when, either from enemy action Or from other cause, the airplane is put 5 out of commission and begins to fall. The aviator has, of course, strapped to him in the customary manner, a parachute and to save himself he must get clear of the falling plane and descend by the well known support of the parachute. Practically with a single movement he will thrust off the mask structure he is wearing and place the mouth-piece of the emergency mask structure between his teeth where the grip uniform and then will proceed to make other necessary preparations to jump. As mentioned before, the aviator has at most thirty-five seconds of consciousness at the barometric pressure of 35,000 feet of elevation if the regular oxygen supply is cut off, therefore his first concern in preparing to bail out must be to establish feed of emergency oxygen, and our apparatus is particularly designed to enable him to do this, that is, to shift from the normal oxygen supply of the airplane to the emergency supply in the shortest possible time.

This whole procedure will take hardly a second' more than jumping without the emergency oxygen supply. Of course when the aviator is free from the plane he will pull the rip-cord and the parachute will become distended and his descent under parachute support will take place. This descent will be at a more rapid rate in higher altitudes where barometric pressures are low than as the aviator gets farther down. He will have a supply of oxygen in the small tank to last him for something like 14 minutes, at the expiration of which period he may have landed on the ground, and very certainly would have reached an atmosphere of safe barometric pressure where the mouth-piece mask can be discarded and normal breathing resumed.

The valve structure is such that a single turn of the valve handle will produce delivery of oxygen at maximum volume for the tank pressure when the valve is opened. The limit groove connected with the valve stem opening and the relatively large valve area opened by turning of the valve stem insures this. And as already stated, the high pressure of oxygen in the tank at the start will increase delivery of oxygen at the be ginning of descent where greater volume of oxygen and more pressure in the alveolar regions of the lungs are desirable. The descent from higher to lower elevations and consequent increasing barometric pressure will accompany the gradual decrease of pressure from the oxygen tank, and. will about compensate one another. The aviatsr under normal conditions will breathe exclusi through the mouth and will rebreathe exhala= n and draw back oxygen tending to escape through and filling the tube 5t. Even though at the start temperatures are extremely low there is nothing to freeze shutprovided dry oxygen has been used in filling the tank. Once the descent has safely begun it will continue without incident until the aviator makes a successful landing on the ground,

The structure of theentire apparatus is very simple yet of such a nature that it cannot fail ,in operation. The gauge 65 on the side of the tank neck is provided so that wheneyjer the aviator puts the oxygen tank in the trousers pocket that the entire apparatus is in working order whenever he enters a plane thatwill ascend to above 30,000 feet.

We claim:

In a parachute escape device adapted to be substituted quickly for normal means of supplying oxygen in an airplaneat high elevations, a tank of oxygen secured in a pocket of the aviator and being of a size and having the oxygen at a .pressure to provide a sufficient quantity of oxygen as delivered to the aviator to supply oxygen for safe descent with a parachute from such high elevation, a mouth mask structure adapted to be quickly inserted in the mouth to be gripped by the aviators teeth to hold. it in position therein and to permit breathing therethrough having means to resist collapse from the grip of the teeth, said mask being connected with the oxygen tank and being normally supported upon the person of the aviator in convenient position quickly to be inserted in his mouth, a valve on the tank having a handle adapted to open the valve for delivery of full maximum flow of oxygen to the mask resulting from a single turn of the valve handle, and an exhaling valve and extended discharge tube leading therefrom and providing a heating reservoir and partial rebreathing chamber.



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U.S. Classification128/205.17, 128/206.29, 128/205.22
International ClassificationA62B7/00, A62B7/14
Cooperative ClassificationA62B7/14
European ClassificationA62B7/14