December 10, 2012

This photograph was taken in 1943 in the midst of the Second World War. The caption on the back of the photograph claims that Wright-Patterson was the site of the first pickup by a flying aircraft of a man on the ground. Presumably the experiment was undertaken to find ways of extracting downed airmen on the ground. The aircraft being used in this experiment is a UC-47 Norseman, a Canadian built aircraft used by the US Army Air Forces as a utility aircraft.

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