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woofiedog
01-15-2005, 03:42 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif Here is a little info I found about US Glider's during WW2.
Look's like a lot of FUN! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif
http://www.pointvista.com/WW2GliderPilots/Snatch_Final.gif
Here is the Link:
http://www.pointvista.com/WW2GliderPilots/glider_pilot_training.htm

http://www.pointvista.com/WW2GliderPilots/Training/TrainingCartoon1.jpg

http://www.pointvista.com/WW2GliderPilots/TowWiggle.jpg

http://www.pointvista.com/WW2GliderPilots/Snatch/SnatchDrawing.jpg

This technique was used extensively in the China-Burma-India Theater by the U.S. First Air Commando Force when gliders were used to insert concentrations of troops behind Japanese lines. Following landings, gliders were quickly unloaded of supplies and troops and reloaded with wounded and outgoing personnel. Often, the towship would circle until the glider was rigged for retrieval. This maneuver was hazardous and required skilled airmanship by both aircraft crews. The stress on the glider's wings and towline assembly was considerable. If the glider was going to have trouble in this maneuver - wing failure, for example - it would be most likely too low for the crew to bail out (they often flew without parachutes to allow more weight for troops and cargo), and too high for them to survive the fall.

woofiedog
01-15-2005, 03:42 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif Here is a little info I found about US Glider's during WW2.
Look's like a lot of FUN! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif
http://www.pointvista.com/WW2GliderPilots/Snatch_Final.gif
Here is the Link:
http://www.pointvista.com/WW2GliderPilots/glider_pilot_training.htm

http://www.pointvista.com/WW2GliderPilots/Training/TrainingCartoon1.jpg

http://www.pointvista.com/WW2GliderPilots/TowWiggle.jpg

http://www.pointvista.com/WW2GliderPilots/Snatch/SnatchDrawing.jpg

This technique was used extensively in the China-Burma-India Theater by the U.S. First Air Commando Force when gliders were used to insert concentrations of troops behind Japanese lines. Following landings, gliders were quickly unloaded of supplies and troops and reloaded with wounded and outgoing personnel. Often, the towship would circle until the glider was rigged for retrieval. This maneuver was hazardous and required skilled airmanship by both aircraft crews. The stress on the glider's wings and towline assembly was considerable. If the glider was going to have trouble in this maneuver - wing failure, for example - it would be most likely too low for the crew to bail out (they often flew without parachutes to allow more weight for troops and cargo), and too high for them to survive the fall.

Extreme_One
01-15-2005, 05:01 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif Wow!

Marc-David
01-15-2005, 05:41 AM
Now, That's a real combat glider:

http://www.luftarchiv.de/flugzeuge/blohm-voss/bv401.jpg

Towed to 10000m by Me 109 or 110, one dive, two Mk108's. Any questions ;-)

Yours, MD

antifreeze
01-15-2005, 07:08 AM
I don't quite understand 'the snatch'. Surely a tow-plane travelling at 100kmph cannot suddenly just yank a glider like that?

PBNA-Boosher
01-15-2005, 08:00 AM
But they did, anti-freeze, they did! True though, it was a bit rough for the glider crew.

civildog
01-15-2005, 04:15 PM
I imagine there must have been some type of energy absorption system to reduce some of the shock or it could have snapped the cable or yanked out the tow hooks.

But still, think of all the whiplash lawsuits if they tried that sort of thing today!

Chuck_Older
01-15-2005, 04:23 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Antifreeze:
I don't quite understand 'the snatch'. Surely a tow-plane travelling at 100kmph cannot suddenly just yank a glider like that? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

US armed forces have done this (different system, same idea) for single soldiers

basically, cables can be engineered to stretch. Seems completely Sci-Fi, but they yanked guys off the ground during VietNam