Watch a WWII plane pick up a man and a sheep while flying at full speed


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#2

“Mother Bird, this is Baby Bird. Come in, over.”
“Go ahead, Baby Bird.”
“Yeah, that idea you had about picking me up with a plane? France is only a few hundred miles away. I think I can walk it. Over.”
“Baby Bird. You said one of your legs is broken.”
“I’ve figured out a good limp. Over and out.”


#3

That actually looks kinda fun.


#4

This looks so unbelievably fun! By the time they got me into the plane, I’d be too turned on to report properly.

I’ll be in my bunk.


#5

The Bible is true:
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as the air force divides the sheep from the goats:


#6

You know that’s a very, very good cigarette he’s smoking. The best cigarettes are all about circumstance not tobacco.


#7

Nobody else remembers this being used in the Green Berets movie?


#8

A friend of mine was extracted from a mission in this manner. He says you always vomit.


#9

I fell 8,000 feet on to a pile of jagged rocks. Of course folks were tougher in those days. I was jitterbuggin’ that very night.


#10

If I could forgo going through the TSA bullshit, I would use this method to fly.


#11

The technique was further developed into the [Fulton Surface To Air Recover System][1].
[1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_surface-to-air_recovery_system

What amazes me most is the way they get reeled in at the end.


#12

Don’t you think it looks like it’s only a matter of a few more attempts before someone gets his neck broken?

Also, if they can’t winch you in the landing is going to be a real bummer.


#13

it was a Fulton Skyhook, really cool used balloons to get airborne and then picked up by a C-121C-47 which had a pickup V attachment in front and a special winching mechanism, used to extract spies and commandos.
There is also STABO which works like this video but saner, snapping in to a rope dropped by hovering helicopters which then fly away with the dangling pickup.


(edit)
Sorry Tropo, had not gotten to the bottom of the thread.


#14

This is how they swap banners for airplane advertising.


#15

Stupid Gay Marriage.

WWII planes picking up men and sheep. We were warned about this.


#16

The book Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff tells the story of a WW2 rescue from deepest New Guinea of several people using this technique. Picture this done Giligan’s Island style.


#17

“Baa. Baa, baa, baaa. Ba – FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!”


#18

So this is the rapture?


#19

He says you always vomit.

Before, after or during?


#20

From that wikipedia link:

Fulton first used instrumented dummies as he prepared for a live pickup. He next used a pig, as pigs have nervous systems close to humans. Lifted off the ground, the pig began to spin as it flew through the air at 125 mph (200 km/h). It arrived on board uninjured but in a disoriented state. Once it recovered, it attacked the crew.