This 1952 vintage ad for U.S. Gauge has a color art illustration of a pilot falling through the air with a nosediving plane ablaze in the distance and the headline, “Three miles below U.S. Gauge will pull the cord”.
Year Published: 1952
Approximate overall size – inches: 10 x 13
“When a pilot bails out in the stratosphere he doesn’t count the usual 10 and pull the ripcord. If he did–at that altitude–the chances are that he would receive too high a shock from the opening forces of the parachute, or that he’d freeze to death or run out of oxygen before he landed to the ground.
The alternative is to plummet to a lower and warmer level before releasing the cord.
Who’ll pull the cord? U.S. Gauge will. We have designed and built the mechanical brain, a combination of an altitude sensor and a timing mechanism that will release the ripcord at the right altitude.”
This is a 68 yr. old original vintage ad removed from a 1952 publication and is not a reproduction of any kind.