Re: Missionary Nate Saint's idea catches on - 50 years later

From: Randy Isaac <>
Date: Fri Apr 29 2005 - 19:29:44 EDT

Fascinating! Is there any documentation or indication of how Nate worked
out the technique? Did he practice it ahead of time? Work it out in real
time in the field? Stumble on it by accident?


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From: "Jack Haas" <>
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Sent: Friday, April 29, 2005 11:26 AM
Subject: Missionary Nate Saint's idea catches on - 50 years later

> Greetings:
> You might be interested in this article about his idea.
> ECUADOR, 1956. A small aircraft skims dangerously low over the rainforest,
> making tight circles above a narrow canyon. The pilot is Nate Saint, a
> missionary from the Mission Aviation Fellowship. He wants to show the
> Waodani people in the remote settlement below that he is friendly. Gifts
> are a universal language. Now all he has to do is drop them into a small
> clearing.
> Keeping one hand on the joystick, he reels a basket loaded with machetes
> and cooking pots out of the plane on a long line. When enough rope is paid
> out, Saint's tight circular flight path combines with the forces of
> gravity and drag to hold the basket almost motionless in the air. He lets
> out more line, lowering the basket until it hovers a metre above the
> ground.
> The Waodani understand, and reach into the basket for the gifts. They even
> leave some in return - a feather head dress, some smoked meat and a parrot
> which Saint's son later adopts as a pet.
> Although Saint's "bucket drop" technique, perfected over the orange groves
> of California, proved invaluable for making contact, it has been largely
> ignored - until now. Read on in:
> _____________
> Jack
Received on Fri Apr 29 19:31:09 2005

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