I have sat on, worn and carried a few parachutes in my time but luckily they have not been used.
Many years ago it looked as though our crew was going to bale out in slow time. A Navigator, who started his WW2 operational career in Wellesleys in Eritrea against the Italian, started to check that very important piece of red thread in his parachute. A bit late I thought but luckily the baling out was decided to be too dangerous so we had a go at a ploughed field instead. A few ploughed fields actually.
Forgot to say, it was the Navigators last flight in the RAF, pre-flight he suggested that the Powers should meet him on landing with a bottle or two. They did.
In the days of "X" type 'chutes, we used ones that had failed the porosity test for water jumps; You had to "open the box" on the way down so you could swim away. Later, steerable ones were washable and had a "cape well" release so you could collapse it on entry. On the old ones we sometimes (foolishly) just held on to the (dangling) leg straps after opening the box. One guy was killed as he fell from 200 ft doing a similar thing. One could go on - I remember my first free fall from a RAF DH Rapide - you had to climb out, hold on to a spar betwixt the wings then jump backwards... Happy days, did quite a few hundred jumps, mostly OK but a few "hairy" ones...(Landing on a main road , etc)