Army officer credited with making first parachute jump in 1912 in St. Louis

Courtesy/Museum of Missouri Military History: 
Capt. Albert Berry, right, was a native of Pennsylvania who later became ingrained in the aviation community of St. Louis. He is pictured with Tony Jannus, who piloted the biplane from which Berry leaped at 1,500 feet on March 1, 1912, making what is believed to be the first successful parachute jump from an airplane.
Courtesy/Museum of Missouri Military History: Capt. Albert Berry, right, was a native of Pennsylvania who later became ingrained in the aviation community of St. Louis. He is pictured with Tony Jannus, who piloted the biplane from which Berry leaped at 1,500 feet on March 1, 1912, making what is believed to be the first successful parachute jump from an airplane.

St. Louis and the state of Missouri have long been on the forefront of aviation achievements and cutting-edge developments. Perhaps one often overlooked event is that which occurred in early 1912, marking the first successful parachute jump from an "aeroplane" and thus becoming the inspiration for the exploration of military...