The recovery kit is dropped to the person to be recovered who then puts on the overall-type harness and inflates the balloon, which carries an attached lift line. An HC-130H engages the line with its V-shaped yoke, and the individual is reeled on board. Red flags on the lift line guide the pilot during daylight recoveries; lights on the lift line are used for night recoveries.
Recovery kits were designed for one- and two-man recoveries, but eventually proved impractical for most rescue purposes. They are available for special operation, however.
Col. Allison Brooks, then-commander of the ARRS, and A3C Ronald Doll participated in the first human testing of the Fulton surface-to-air, two-man recovery kit by an HC-130H at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in May 1966.