Accession Number : AD0923214

Title :   Personnel Retriever -- Helicopter,

Corporate Author : COAST GUARD WASHINGTON DC TESTING AND DEVELOPMENT DIV

Personal Author(s) : Williams, Robert E.

Report Date : 20 MAR 1957

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : Three helicopter personnel retrieving devices consisting of the Air Force XMA-2 Personnel Retriever, the folding version of the Sproule Net, and the folding version of the Coast Guard (Erickson) Basket were tested for retrieving conscious or unconscious survivors from calm and rough waters by HO4S helicopter with no external assistance offered to the survivors. The Coast Guard Basket was not deemed suitable for use in making unassisted pickups of conscious or unconscious survivors from water. Both the XMA-2 Retriever and the Sproule Net were successful instruments for performing operations of this nature. Because the XMA-2 Retriever exhibited the best overall characteristics in live pickups and was favored by the test pilots, it is recommended for adoption for Coast Guard use. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AIR SEA RESCUES, HELICOPTERS), (*RESCUE EQUIPMENT, COAST GUARD), AERIAL PICKUP SYSTEMS, WATER EXIT, SURVIVAL(PERSONNEL), RECOVERY, SURFACE ROUGHNESS, HELICOPTER HOISTS, NETS, STRETCHERS, LATCHES, MALFUNCTIONS, WEIGHT, TOW BARS, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), PILOTS, COAST GUARD, ACCEPTABILITY.

Subject Categories : Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE