National Geographic : 1944 Aug
Snatching a Loaded Glider Off the Ground, a C-47 Roars Across the Blue-Lalaghat, India Only way to recover a glider in a small area is by this pick-up system. A nylon towline attached to the gliderislooped over two poles. From the towplane extends a nylon leader, to which is fastened a hook. The other end of the rope is connected with a steel cable reeled onadrum inthe plane. This drum has abraking device. Here the plane, traveling about 100 miles an hour, has hooked the loop. The elastic nylon will stretch, overcome the inertia ofthe glider, and gently pull it into flight. The strain would break the nylon were it not for the cable, which plays out gradually, like a fisherman's reel and line, and helps absorb the shock.