Register here

Author Topic: Lockheed XV-4 'Hummingbird'  (Read 11681 times)

Offline dan_inbox

  • Senior Member
  • CLEARANCE: Secret
  • **
  • Posts: 490
  • Profanity: weaker mind trying to speak forcefully
Fulton Skyhook
« Reply #30 on: February 28, 2016, 05:20:07 am »
the FUlton system was installed on the HC-130/MC-130 and tried on the Grumman S2.
It was also implemented on a C-123H.

Offline yasotay

  • Senior Member
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • **
  • Posts: 1880
Re: Lockheed XV-4 'Hummingbird'
« Reply #31 on: February 28, 2016, 07:54:19 am »
I actually know a fellow who worked on the Fulton system as a summer intern.  If memory recalls, he said the first challenge was not snapping the neck of the participant (although the crash dummies did not seem to mind).  Next was figuring out how much open space was required so as not to drag the participant through trees and other impediment that might not agree with their safe retrieval.  Third problem was finding someone to actually try the idea.

Offline blackkite

  • Senior Member
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • **
  • Posts: 5583
  • Don't laugh, don't cry, don't even curse, but.....
Re: Lockheed XV-4 'Hummingbird'
« Reply #32 on: February 28, 2016, 11:01:48 pm »
The person who challenged this rescue way actually has the courage really. I think this rescue way is incredible and fearful.

Offline iverson

  • CLEARANCE: Secret
  • **
  • Posts: 226
Re: Lockheed XV-4 'Hummingbird'
« Reply #33 on: March 05, 2016, 01:13:05 pm »
For more informtion on Skyhook, see the following links.

Operation Coldfeet:
https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/95unclass/Leary.html


Evergreen's B-17, James Bond, and the Fulton Recovery System:
http://www.robertnovell.com/evergreens-b-17-james-bond-fulton-recovery-system/

Offline Kadija_Man

  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ***
  • Posts: 1867
Re: Lockheed XV-4 'Hummingbird'
« Reply #34 on: March 05, 2016, 06:55:29 pm »
Wasn't the Fulton system used in John Wayne's Green Berets?

Offline Skyblazer

  • Global Moderator
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ****
  • Posts: 13244
Re: Lockheed XV-4 'Hummingbird'
« Reply #35 on: May 27, 2016, 06:30:19 am »
I'm very grateful for seeing the GL-224 project at last, Jens, for which I thank you.
Thanks and congrats to both you and Scott for the beautiful artwork, too!

HOWEVER... I'm surprised that none of you (or any forum member for that matter) noticed that in your artwork you BOTH made a big typo by writing "242" instead of 224... Here are the images in question:


Offline Mark Nankivil

  • Archive Raider
  • Top Contributor
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ***
  • Posts: 1468
Re: Lockheed XV-4 'Hummingbird'
« Reply #36 on: April 12, 2019, 12:10:53 pm »
Good Day All -

Photo of the Lockheed XV-4 model in the Vought Low Speed Wind Tunnel Model.  Need to look at this in detail to see whether this is the XV-4 or the proposed production variant as noted by Circle-5's models.

Enjoy the Day!  Mark