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AF-Navy collaborate to find answers on hypoxia
Dayton Daily News ^ | 3/25/2012 | Barrie Barber

Posted on 03/25/2012 8:24:53 PM PDT by U-238

The Air Force and the Navy have combined research into a perplexing problem that may have vexed both services in the skies.

The U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the Naval Medical Research Unit, next door to each other at Wright-Patterson, have linked research for hypoxia — incidents that may have caused a lack of oxygen to reach pilots during some flights in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighter and the Navy’s F-18, military leaders said.

“We had what we believe was a common issue,” said Capt. Rita Simmons, executive officer of the Naval Medical Research Unit. “Nobody knows what the underlying problem is yet.”

Col. Donald L. Noah, deputy commander of the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, said hypoxia research is a high priority at the school. “That’s one of the major tests going on right now,” he said.

Noah and Simmons say the two are collaborating more on medical research since both relocated to Wright-Patterson last year to comply with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure law.

“Having them here just prevents duplication of effort,” Noah said. “Before we start any research, we say to them, ‘Have you ever done this, do you want to do this with us?’”

In the largest construction project in Ohio since World War II, the Air Force’s $239 million aerospace medical school opened at Wright-Patterson last year with 900 military and civilian staff members, and trains more than 5,000 students a year. The 680,000-square-foot complex, part of the 711th Human Performance Wing, relocated from its long-time home at Brooks City-Base in San Antonio, Texas.

The Navy unit, with about 75 staffers, relocated aerospace medical research to the Dayton air base from Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; aerospacemedicine; f18; f22; hypoxia; navair; obogs; usaf; usnavy; wrightpattersonafb

1 posted on 03/25/2012 8:25:05 PM PDT by U-238
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Let's do a long term research project on why pilots get hypoxic when OBOGS starts feeding them a poisonous mixture. They really need to figure this out before more pilots get killed.

OBOGS is great, up until it tries to kill you.

2 posted on 03/25/2012 10:02:00 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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3 posted on 03/25/2012 10:28:52 PM PDT by Vroomfondel
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To: U-238

CPAP therapy is widely used by people with sleep apnea (a-pnea -> no air -> hypoxia), and there’s plenty of research available on different approaches to therapy which might offer help with this particular cause of hypoxia.

4 posted on 03/25/2012 11:34:51 PM PDT by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: USNBandit
Exactly correct on OBOGS (On Board Oxygen Generating System) as the problem. The USAF and USN have known there's been problems with OBOGS for as long as it's been in-service — something like 20 years. It STILL isn't fixed and it's STILL killing pilots. WTF?
5 posted on 03/26/2012 12:52:15 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Vroomfondel; SC Swamp Fox; Fred Hayek; NY Attitude; P3_Acoustic; investigateworld; lowbuck; ...


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6 posted on 03/26/2012 4:19:35 AM PDT by magslinger (If I wanted to vote for a Commie I would vote for Obammie. He has a chance of winning.)
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To: caveat emptor
It isn't that type of hypoxia. We are dealing with histotoxic hypoxia. Instead of producing 100% oxygen the OBOGS system is malfunctioning and providing some combination of gasses that are toxic.

Depending on the aircraft a lot of these fighters already have free flow and emergency forced flow .

7 posted on 03/26/2012 5:33:19 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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