The Fulton surface-to-air recovery system basically “involves using an overall-type harness and a self-inflating balloon which carries an attached lift line.” Video after the break.

An MC-130E 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

[via Gizmodo]