by: Ron Kraan
A different article
in our Stories section tells about the need for wearing a
helmet. Also very important is the use of the oxygen mask as
illustrated in the following story. This article appeared for
the first time about 5 years ago in the USAF Air Clues.
Two American jets with both a crew of two went airborne towards
a well-known exotic island. (Probably two F-15's towards Hickham
or two F-14's). Most of the trip was to be flown overseas.
The crew of this F-14 took of their
helmets and salute
a climb to higher level, the number 2 plane came slowly aside
the lead plane. The crew of the lead plane could not believe
their eyes on the show they were presented. To their surprise
the two pilots of the number 2 plane began to undress. After
taking of their helmets and masks, the pilots began to take of
their torso harness and coveralls…. Next they put on their
caps and saluted the lead.
In the mean time, the number one plane tried to contact the
stripping crewmembers. Without result as they were not wearing
their helmets. But things got even stranger. One of the number 2
pilots moved himself upon his ejection seat and
"mooned" the other plane. Terror started as the two
pilots of the number 2 plane tried to reach their oxygen masks
in total panic. They probably started to feel the first signs of
hypoxia (lack of oxygen). Due to their "hard work" of
the last few minutes they had no time left to get to their gear
What about mooning in an F-16? A
They fell down in their seats and the airplane slowly turned
inverted and nose down towards the ocean which was a couple of
thousand feet below. They never regained their consciousness. A
few minutes later the lead plane flew alone….
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