Fulton surface-to-air recovery system


#1

Is this system feasible ? Fulton surface-to-air recovery system


#2

Feasible? The article already states that it has been successfully used in real life scenario's (Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_surface-to-air_recovery_system#Later_uses). I don't understand the question...


#3

I don't understand how can it work ? The vehicle has to fly at such low speed as not to cause any injury to the target. :) Even inHelis sometimes, it becomes really difficult to pickup someone from the ground if heli can't hover due to strong winds etc :)


#4

If you read the top of the article I linked above it goes into more detail as to how it works. The pickup line is attached to a pulley system which acts as a 'shock absorber', reducing the initial speed at which the human target is picked up. Plus, the line itself is stretchable so it absorbs a lot of the shock, similar to bungee jumping. Basically, the human doesn't go from 0 to speed of aircraft in zero seconds!

Here is a demonstration of it in action:


#5

It's so uncomfortable that it's done only with dummies except in real emergency. from 0:17 onwards


#6

here is the list of some unusual aircraft

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_X-Jet

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VZ-1_Pawnee

3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bensen_B-10

4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HZ-1_Aerocycle termed as modern version of the old horse cavalry


#7

Hartmann opposed Lockheed F-104 Starfighters in Luftwaffe, how correct he was. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_Hartmann#In_the_Luftwaffe_of_the_Bundeswehr

Mods can we turn this into a Sticky aviation thread ?