Orange Ribbon Locates Airplanes Forced Down in Woods (Jul, 1930)

Orange Ribbon Locates Airplanes Forced Down in Woods

IN CASE OF FORCED LANDING THE PILOT RELEASES 800 FEET OF WIDE ORANGE RIBBON WHICH RESTS ON THE TREE TOPS SHOWING THE PLANE’S LOCATION TO SEARCHING AIRMEN,THOUGH CONCEALED BY TREES.

6 comments
  1. Toronto says: January 28, 20099:33 pm

    This sure would have made some of Ernest Gann’s novels shorter, if it worked.

  2. Repack Rider says: January 29, 20092:26 am

    Is there any record of this actually working?

  3. Jari says: January 29, 20092:31 pm

    So instead of survivable gliding landing you can release a ribbon to snag a tree and drop abruptly to ground….. Sounds like an Acme product :-)

  4. jayessell says: January 29, 200910:25 pm

    As seen in the ‘Indiana Jones’ movies.

  5. Casandro says: January 30, 20094:53 pm

    Ohh, even if you’d release the ribbon before you crash it’ll still point into the direction you were going. So I’d say it’s a good idea.

  6. Eliyahu says: February 2, 20097:19 pm

    It actually speaks well for the advances made in general aviation that pilots no longer need to plan for the likelihood of a crash. Okay, accidents still happen, but they’re few and far between now.

    The idea is actually a pretty good one. I’ve done air search and rescue with the CAP, and it’s a lot harder to spot airplane wreckage from the air than one might think — especially in a wooded area.

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