Parachutes are objects that appears in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. They are seen in the cut-scene between Chapter 3 - A Surprising Find and Chapter 4 - Plane-wrecked.
Both Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher used a parachute to bail out of their burning plane. While Elena manages to land safely, Nate's parachute has a hole in it and therefore he only survives when it gets snagged on a statue.
In the final cut-scene of Chapter 15 - Sink or Swim, Nate tells Elena that if they are to sneak onto the Cargo Plane to rescue a kidnapped Sully it will involve parachuting and that it didn't go well the last time,referring to the aforementioned cut-scene. Parachutes are mentioned again in the final cut-scene of the game, after Sully shows Nate and Elena his new plane, she immediately asks it is has parachutes.
- It can be clearly seen written "ND" in Nate's parachute in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. This can stand for Nathan Drake or Naughty Dog, which is constantly referenced throughout the series.