parachute flare

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parachute flare

[′par·ə‚shüt ‚fler]
(engineering)
Pyrotechnic device attached to a parachute and designed to provide intense illumination for a short period; it may be discharged from aircraft or from the surface.

parachute flare

A high-luminosity pyrotechnic flare attached to a parachute and released from an aircraft to illuminate a region. It assists with attacks, landings, observations, etc. It descends slowly and its illumination period depends on the height of the release of the flare, the size of the parachute, and the prevalent winds.
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