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Core Competency:

A GLOBAL LEADER IN AVIATION AND LIFE SUPPORT. We are a respected provider of engineered products for aerial delivery, life support and tactical gear for military, law enforcement and humanitarian agencies worldwide. Founded in 1881, Capewell has thrived by helping customers conceive, engineer, prototype, manufacture and field test products that must perform flawlessly in critical situations.

Company Details:
105 Nutmeg Rd South
South Windsor, Connecticut 06074
Key Contacts:
Name: Tom Weidley
Title: Chief Operating Officer
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Name: Jodi Maticke
Title: Sales and Customer Service Manager
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Number of Employees:300
  • Long and short bed multi-axis CNC machining
  • Manual & CNC Turning
  • Induction Welding
  • Milling
  • Drilling
  • Grinding
  • Swaging
  • Pressing
  • Stamping
  • Cable cutting and fusion
  • Tube bending
  • Horizontal and vertical load testing


Capewell's parachute releases have been used by U.S. and international paratroopers and aircrews for more than 65 years, providing quick and reliable disengagement from parachute canopies.


The state-of-the-art Type V Heavy Duty Extruded Aluminum Airdrop Platform was developed by the U.S. Dept of Defense to replace the A/E 29H-1 (LAPES) and the Type II (LVAD) airdrop platforms. Because of its durability and survivability, it is now used in the U.S. and other nations without modifications for low velocity airdrops from all cargo aircraft types equipped with the 463L-type dual rail cargo handling system (C-130, A-400M, C-5, C-27J, C-17) and LAPES from the C-130, C-17 and C-27J aircraft.


The Buffer Stop Assembly (BSA) provides 3G's of forward restraint for up to 24 A-22 containers rigged for a Container Delivery System (CDS) C-130 airdrop mission. The BSA is easily loaded and unloaded from a forklift using the heavy-lift fork lift guides. The BSA rolls into the cargo compartment and locks into the -4A cargo restrain system. Support Beam Steps enhance Loadmaster mobility and safety.


The Emergency Descent Device provides a safe controlled and rapid method of descent from an aircraft during an on-ground emergency situation requiring aircrew egress.