jungle penetrator - A three armed anchor like seat, lowered by winch and cable from hovering helicopter down through the jungle canopy, with the arms folded up against the cable to permit it to penetrate the vegetation.  It would often pick up quite a static electricity charge and had to hit the ground to discharge before you grabbed it. Two or three men could sit on the arms, when extended and hook straps around their backs to be winched up out of the jungle into the waiting helicopter.

         
You sat on the arms and were pulled up into the helicopter by the winch.  There was a harness, but often time did not permit it's use, so you just hung on for dear life, or a buddy rode up with you.  In triple canopy jungle, it was often the only means of getting the injured out of the area. Wounded were frequently hit by additional gunfire on the way up through the jungle canopy.




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