AIR: Human Pickup

Parachute jumping, which titillated county fairgoers 25 years ago, has become routine. Another hair-raising stunt which was once thought too risky even to try may soon become just as routine. The Army Air Forces is now picking men off the ground by plane.

The A.A.F.'s experimenters at Wright Field started working on the stunt four years ago. A plane dangling a nylon rope and a hook on the end of a long pole snatched 50-lb. dummies off the ground. Then a sheep was tried. The first one was hauled into the plane with its neck broken. The process was gentled until...

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