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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.04.09): Brodie Landing System

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Brodie Landing System

The Brodie landing system was a method of landing light aeroplane devised by James H Brodie, a Captain of the United States Air Force during World War II. The method of landing involved catching a hook attached to the plane upon a sling which itself was attached to a cable. This system proved useful in landing aircraft in normally unsuitable terrain, such as the jungle or in mountains, and also afforded good camouflage. The system was also used for landing light aircraft on ships. Brodie and test pilot Flight Officer Raymond Gregory were awarded the Legion of Merit for their work on the system in 1945.

FMI: www.rexresearch.com/brodie/brodie.htm

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