Is this system feasible ? Fulton surface-to-air recovery system
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...
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
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:
It's so uncomfortable that it's done only with dummies except in real emergency. from 0:17 onwards
here is the list of some unusual aircraft
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HZ-1_Aerocycle termed as modern version of the old horse cavalry
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 ?