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Old 01-28-11, 09:19 PM   #1
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How is this called?

I watched this in a couple of movies. The guy is on the ground, with a harness and a bungee cord. The cord is lifted (balloon or between 2 towers), then a plane comes and grabs the cord with a grappling hook... and off you go.

I think there was an episode of 24 hours where they showed this as well...

Anybody know how this is called? any video linky?
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Old 01-28-11, 09:29 PM   #2
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The USAF did it with C-130s... I guess until 1996.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_...ecovery_system

Almost as cool as picking up re-entering rocket payloads in flight or landing on an aircraft carrier, two other little-known C-130 jobs.
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Old 01-28-11, 09:30 PM   #3
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I would've guessed the drag-skip-bouncy-ouchy maneuver.
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Old 01-28-11, 09:46 PM   #4
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The USAF did it with C-130s... I guess until 1996.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_...ecovery_system

Almost as cool as picking up re-entering rocket payloads in flight or landing on an aircraft carrier, two other little-known C-130 jobs.

Thank you sir! That's exactly what I was looking for...

Old vid:
[video=youtube;FRu6ZxFAVU8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRu6ZxFAVU8[/video]

newer vid:
[video=youtube;PErEsNhDmo8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PErEsNhDmo8[/video]

I wanna do this.
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Thank you sir! That's exactly what I was looking for...

I wanna do this.
Well, you'll either need to build a time machine and join Special Forces... or get one of those C-130s and a weather balloon (to strap to yourself).
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Old 01-28-11, 11:32 PM   #6
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The USAF did it with C-130s... I guess until 1996.

Almost as cool as ... landing on an aircraft carrier
Well, they did some tests with the C-130s to see if would be feasible to land on the carrier. It wasn't. It worked... and they did it a few times, but it never became a real option or tactic. So, you can't really call that a C-130 job.

But the video of them testing the concept is pretty cool.

And the C-130 does do some very cool stuff!
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Old 01-29-11, 12:25 AM   #7
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Well, they did some tests with the C-130s to see if would be feasible to land on the carrier. It wasn't. It worked... and they did it a few times, but it never became a real option or tactic. So, you can't really call that a C-130 job.

But the video of them testing the concept is pretty cool.

And the C-130 does do some very cool stuff!
Yeah, I rounded up for brevity. But you have to give the Navy some credit for thinking outside the box, testing it as a COD plane like that.
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I would so puke all over myself!!
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Well, they did some tests with the C-130s to see if would be feasible to land on the carrier. It wasn't. It worked... and they did it a few times, but it never became a real option or tactic. So, you can't really call that a C-130 job.

But the video of them testing the concept is pretty cool.

And the C-130 does do some very cool stuff!
And I found the video....

[video=youtube;ar-poc38C84]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar-poc38C84&feature=related[/video]

It was actually very doable. They were able to land without a tailhook and take off without a catapult at 130,000 pounds gross weight (about 30Kcargo weight).
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