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The McGuire rig was designed by a member of Project DELTA to quickly lift an individual from the jungle by helicopter. It was a rope 150-200 feet long with a strap type saddle sewn to the end, it had two hold straps. The rider had to hold himself in the rig and it was difficult to get into, especially for wounded troopers.  This device was conceived and built by SGM McGuire and tested by the 145th Aviation Platoon.  CPT John W. "Jack" Green, III then a pilot with the 145th made the first emergency extraction for Project Delta with a McGuire Rig.
(Photo: Bob Mitchell



The STABO rig or harness shown here with three 5th SFG NCO's. Both hands are free and use of a weapon is not restricted. The soldier on the right is SFC Clifford Roberts one of the inventors of the STABO extration harness.  This rig was tested at the RECONDO School on 281st aircraft but was not actually used by Project Delta until early 1970. (Photo: "US Army Uniforms of the Vietnam War," Shelby Stanton)

Extraction Equipment

Attaching block, Ropes, Ladder, STABO harness (Photo: "US Army Uniforms of the Vietnam War," Shelby Stanton)



An unidentified RECONDO Instructor shown with STABO Harness
(Photo: "US Army Uniforms of the Vietnam War," Shelby Stanton)


ladder training

281st UH-1H #113 at the RECONDO School training LRRPS and aircrew in Ladder Operations (Picture compliments of Dennis Crowe Bandit 23)

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