A private American company has come up with a new method of rescuing flyers from disabled planes by grabbing them out of the air with another plane as they parachute to the ground.
M.C.U. Belly of plane, catch line
Parachutist jumps from plane, chute opens
Parachutist in air
Plane passes over parachutist and catches him
C.U. Cable winch pulls parachutist
Parachutist pulled into plane
2 shots, same
C.U. Parachute steps into plane
Man parachuting from plane, grabbed and hauled into rescue plane.
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Background: A private American company has come up with a new method of rescuing flyers from disabled planes by grabbing them out of the air with another plane as they parachute to the ground.
The system was demonstrated to the press for the first time on Tuesday (13 Sept.) over the Sussex Country Airport near Georgetown, Delaware. This film shows the same crew during an earlier, secret trial of the system.
A 27-year-old parachutist and former U.S. Marine, Charles Alexander, jumped from an Air Force transport plane at about eight thousand feet and floated earthward. Approximately 1,000 feet below, an Air Force C-122, a light twin-engine transport plane, equipped with a special trapeze-like arrangement of aluminium poles, nylon line and metal books flew directly at the gently falling parachutist. The special attachment, mounted from a rear cargo door, snagged a special surface parachute riding 70 feet above the main chute.
As the pilot was snagged, an energy-absorbing winch in the plane played out the line evenly to convert the parachutist's down-ward fall to a horizontal motion behind the plane. When the man was moving forward at the same speed as the plane, the winch began reeling him into the rear hatch, and he climbed aboard the rescue plane safely.
The demonstration was put on by the All-American Engineering Company, which developed the method and equipment used. A co-sponsor was the Pioneer Parachute Company which employs Mr. Alexander.
A method similar to the one demonstrated has been in use for some time in an effort to "catch" space capsules as the float to earth after U.S. space flights.