Air America 727 air drop test '70/'71
Submitted by snowmman on 2008-12-16 Modified:2008-12-18This snippet is from the CIA/Air America film "Flying Men, Flying Machines" produced circa '70/'71. The air drop tests were likely done at the CIA/Air America facilities at the Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand. The palletized air drops used a modified 727 interior. The ventral stairs are apparently removed and replaced with a ramp the two jumpers slide down. The jumpers use static lines. It is unclear what flight configuration is used, so the exit speed is undetermined. The film makes a point of saying the plane can be pressurized, and unpressurized for the drop. This means the aft door would work normally, and be openable in flight after depressurization. Full video (87 minutes) in a variety of formats, available for free download at http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/AirAmerica... According to available research, the system, while tested, was never used in an actual mission. Unless you count Flight 305.
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|that's really amazing. what a great peice of history.|
I downloaded and watched the unedited version. this one here has been editied to suggest the tests were in Thailand, the audio was taken from the segment following these deployment test demos.
theres nothing in this film to suggest these tests were performed anywhere other than Japan.