Wednesday, October 17, 2012

'Skyhook' In James Bond's Film 'Thunderball' Was A Real Device Used By CIA To Pluck Agents From Behind Enemy Lines

 
David McCormack at the British newspaper the Daily Mail wrote an interesting piece on the reality behind skyhook featured in the James Bond film Thunderball.
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Fans of the James Bond classic Thunderball will recall how Sean Connery and his trusty Bond girl are rescued at the end of the movie by being snatched from an inflatable dinghy by a flying aircraft.
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Now the CIA has revealed that this type of rescue without landing wasn’t just something from the fantasy world of 007, but was actually used to retrieve secret agents in real-life.
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In the 1950s, the CIA decided they needed a means of removing officers from hostile situations without setting foot (or wheels) on the ground. They turned to inventor Robert Fulton who developed the aerial retrieval system known as Skyhook.
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You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218540/The-real-life-James-Bond-rescues-Flying-Skyhook-wasnt-just-007-helped-recover-CIA-agents-enemy-lines.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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