This cargo net for lifting pallets was designed by the U.S. mililtary for sling loading with helicopiters and parachutes. Its versatility enabled them to drop necessary supplies into combat zones covered or uncovered, on a pallet or not. It is officially called an Aerial Delivery Cargo Bag.
A22 Cargo Bag Specs
- Scuff Pad Size: 4′ x 4′
- Web Legs: 5 legs on each side (20 total), 1-3/4″ x 60″ with D-ring at top
- Color: Olive drab (first photo looks brown but it is olive drab)
- Material: Triple-stitched, heavy-weight cotton or nylon duck and webbing (your choice)
- Max. Dimensions: 4′ x 4′ x 4′
- Load Capacity: Up to 2,200 lbs
Canvas Cargo Cover Specs
- Cover Top: 4′ x 4′
- Cover Sides: 4′ w x 17′ long
- Shape: The top and side arms look like a cross when laid out for loading
- Material: Triple-stitched, heavy-weight cotton or nylon duck and webbing (same as cargo net)
- Color: Olive drab
Loading the Cargo Net Using the Canvas Cover
- Lay out the cargo net assembly on the ground.
- Line up the canvas cover exactly over the top of it.
- Center the pallet on the scuff pad.
- Load the pallet with supplies up to 48″ tall.
- Pull the canvas flaps over the top.
- Tie down the corner with cording (not incuded).
- Pull up all four cargo net sides to the top and secure.
- Secure the web straps on all four edges and all four top corners.
Need more info? Of course you do! Click the video tab and the military will show you how it’s done in more detail. You may also find Chapter 8 (page 115) of the Multiservice Helicopter Sling Load: Basic Operations and Equipment helpful.
Civilian Uses for Covered Lifting Cargo Nets
- Packing and moving
- Securing stored equipment and supplies
- Survival storage
- Ranches and farms
- This cargo net works without or without the canvas cover depending on your needs.
This cargo net and cover are in good condition. However, they are used and may no longer be air worthy since the military decommissioned them. Also, the net/sling assembly does not include these components from the original mil specs required for sling loading: Four 24″ suspension web straps, sling leg, apex fitting, medium clevis, 1/4″ cotton webbing, or nylon cording.
The cargo nets are unmarked and the covers are only stamped with “US”. The NSN is probably #1670-00-587-3421 but we don’t know for sure. If you don’t need the canvas cover, you can purchase the lifting cargo net separately.