A pilot passed out while flying an F-15 over Oregon. Here’s what happened next...
The mid-air incident, not previously publicly reported
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January 4, 2020 - by Rob Verger for popsci.com
- The mid-air incident, not previously publicly reported
- A fighter jet doesn't need to crash to suffer millions of dollars of damage
In late March of 2019, in a military operating area over Oregon, a student pilot and an instructor were conducting a two-aircraft training mission on basic fighter maneuvers.
Each aviator was in their own F-15C jet. It was early afternoon, and the aircraft were at about 18,000 feet.
The student made a turn, and during that maneuver, began to experience G-forces. About six seconds into that turn, those Gs caused blood to travel downwards from the pilot's head, and the student passed out.
Eleven seconds later, after waking up, the pilot began to recover by putting engines to idle, and pulling back on the control stick.
It was the correct course of action, according to the Air Force, but that maneuver...
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