Originally Posted by Steampunk Ghost
i agree with the Howling Commandos part. the reason why Cap never had a parachute was because he was supposed to be frozen in the ice for about 70 years, hence the very beginning of the movie when SHIELD discovers the wreckage in the arctic. if Cap had a parachute, he wouldnt be alive for The Avengers; if anything, he'd probably be really old and grey.
and that is what we call bad storytelling.
"Lets come up with some contrived situation because Cap has to be frozen and join the Avengers"
but IMO the whole movie was rushed through just to get to the present.