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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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    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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    I would've guessed the drag-skip-bouncy-ouchy maneuver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    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:


    newer vid:


    I wanna do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    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....



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