Skip to comments.Pentagon OKs plan to lift F-22 flight restrictions
Posted on 07/24/2012 1:07:17 PM PDT by jazusamo
The Pentagon announced Tuesday changes the Air Force will make to mitigate hypoxia-like symptoms experienced by some pilots flying F-22s, and a phased approach to lifting flight restrictions implemented earlier this year.
To fix the air supply problem and reduce the incidents of hypoxia-like events, the Air Force has made two changes to the aircrafts cockpit life support system, Defense Press Secretary George Little said.
First, the Air Force will replace a valve in the upper pressure garment vest worn by pilots during high-altitude missions. The valve was causing the vest to inflate, and remain inflated under conditions where it was not designed to do so, thereby causing breathing problems for some pilots, Mr. Little said. The garment has been suspended from flight since June, he added.
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So they found a defective part? I read recently that they were spectulating it was due to the short downtime the pilots had between high altitude flights, guess not?
I remember reading that as well, but I’ve also read articles pointing to the flight suits. I suppose they’re taking the path of least resistance?
This article doesn’t sound like they’re absolutely sure of the cause as yet, at least it doesn’t to me.
Again, path of least resistance. If they can get some of the symptoms to abate due to the flight suit changes, it’ll be a big win for them and they can continue to test the resolve of the pilots.
One night at the kitchen table, the adults were discussing this. One of the little ones was drinking from a sippy cup and crimped the straw. She started crying because she couldn’t get her juice. One of the other kids says, “just like the pilots.”
From the mouth of babes.
I’d be happy if it’d just be the “losing consciousness” symptom.