This is coolbert:
Thanks to the Chicago Tribune, KCCI and the evening news for this update on the ever-continuing story of the F-22 Raptor pilots who continue to experience hypoxia problems.
That most versatile and capable fighter plane in existence American pilots of which suffer from time to time a lack of oxygen while in flight, hypoxia causing disorientation, blackouts, a feeble minded state that can lead to catastrophic consequences.
From the Tribune:
"More problems plague F-22 jets"
"Recent troubles with the Air Force's [USAF] fleet of F-22 Raptor fighter jets have prompted fresh questions by two members of Congress looking for answer on the oxygen problems that have plagued the aircraft for years."
"F-22 pilots have reported dozens of incidents in which the jet's systems weren't feeding them a proper amount of oxygen in flight, causing hypoxia like symptoms."
According to the evening news, the PROBLEM HAS NOW BEEN CORRECTLY ANALYZED AFTER MUCH STUDY AND THE PROPER CONCLUSIONS DRAWN!!
A compression vest, worn evidently IN ADDITION TO THE NORMAL G-SUIT the culprit, that vest working and operating under conditions other than extreme G-forces, not as intended, the flow of oxygen to the pilot cut off repeatedly and inadvertently.
THAT DEVICE SUPPOSED TO AID AND ASSIST THE PILOT RATHER A HINDRANCE AND DOWNRIGHT DANGEROUS?
As reported by KCCI:
"Investigators are looking at whether a compression vest worn as part of the flight suit contributes to the problem . . . Investigators are focusing on a part of the suit called the Combat Edge, which can hamper breathing and cause oxygen loss when combined with a physiological condition that collapses air sacs in the lungs"
"Combat Edge is a vest-like garment that expands and contracts on a pilot's torso to fight the effects of severe G-forces experienced while flying the F-22. What is being looked at is whether the garment may restrict the pilots' breathing beyond what is intended"
Combat Edge not giving that combat edge. Rather working too often and placing all the pilots in mortal danger?
This USAF Major General says so and therefore it must be so!
I pray that vest is discarded or whatever is the source of the problem remedied.
And quick too.
This also from the Tribune article catches my attention:
"in response to concern about the planes, it had imposed new safety restriction s to protects pilots. They include wearing a device that measures the amount of oxygen in the blood and taking blood samples."
This is some sort of medical device you might encounter during a stay in the hospital?
Is geared as well to the aircraft in some manner? NOT only is the plane providing data to the pilot, but NOW the pilot provides data to the plane? Someone knows better about this?