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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.