1961-01-01

The World-Wide Search and Retrieval Problem - Factors Involved in the Selection of a Rescue/Retrieval Aircraft 610095

Future retrieval requirements for aircraft, missiles, and returning space vehicles have been matched against possible future retrieval systems to determine the most effective and flexible solution in terms of technical feasibility and economics. It has been found that primary vehicle requirements can be met using existing transport aircraft and a VTOL, possibly a retrieval adaptation of the planned Tri-Service VTOL transport.
Great economies can be realized if “line” techniques for pick-up of objects by conventional aircraft in flight can be further developed. Long range amphibious aircraft and surface ships, some of the latter with hydrofoil capability, would provide the necessary versatility to meet the variety of future retrieval requirements.

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