Accession Number : AD0727007

Title :   Long-Line Loiter: Personnel Retrieval System.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s) : Behling,Edward A.

Report Date : MAR 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The report covers the use of fixed-wing aircraft employing innovations to free-fall and circling-line techniques in the rescue of personnel and delivery and retrieval of equipment. The technique involves the deployment of a line from the aircraft while a controlled turn is maintained, causing the line to describe a diminishing spiral earthward. Successful launches of dummy weights up to 203 pounds suggest this technique can feasibly be employed in personnel rescue. Included in the testing were various aircraft, altitudes, speeds, lines, and line lengths. Line tensions were measured. Proposed future efforts toward man-rating the system include measurements of launch G forces and the assessment of system reliability. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AERIAL PICKUP SYSTEMS, RESCUES), MECHANICAL CABLES, AIR DROP OPERATIONS, TURNING FLIGHT, TOWED BODIES, PARACHUTE DESCENTS, PARACHUTE FABRICS, FLIGHT TESTING

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE