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    A new technique for stopping aircraft that do not have "arresting" hooks is being tested by the U.

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    Steel cable placed across runway

    Technician checking electrical switches

    Markings on runway

    Electrical test of pop up system

    Technician checking tension end adjusting cable of recoil take up system

    Aircraft approaching runway, catching pop up cable and coming to stop

    Same scene in slow motion

    CU of landing gear showing where steel pop up cable engaged

    Plane coming in for landing, catching pop up cable

    Same scene in slow motion

    View of recoil mechanism taking up steel cable

    CU of wheels of aircraft showing where steel cable engaged


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    Background: A new technique for stopping aircraft that do not have "arresting" hooks is being tested by the U.S. Air Force. The new system, utilizing a heavy steel cable that pops up in front of the main landing gear to stop airplanes that do not have hooks, will be rested on all size aircraft, including B-52 bombers weighing up to 400,000 pounds.

    The new system consists of the cable, shock absorbers, a computer, and two rows of electrical switches built into the runway. As the wheels of the aircraft roll over specially positioned switches, electrical pulses are generated and transmitted to the computer. The computer uses the data to identify the wheelbase, and then the aircraft to compute its speed.

    If the approaching aircraft was not slowing properly, a high pressure air system would blow a cable up out of its runway through to engage the main gear.

    The new system is being developed and tested at Edwards Air Forces Base, California. Aircraft shown during this testing include the T-33 and T-37.

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