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Not Too Soon To Learn About Gravity
by James Dunnigan
May 29, 2010

The Israeli Air Force is changing its pilot training, giving new pilots centrifuge training earlier in their careers. The centrifuge device whips pilots around in a circular motion at high speed, which recreates the effects of high speed turns. This sort of thing puts high G (Gravity) force on the pilot, which is disorienting, and can even cause black outs.

The immediate reason for the training change was the recent death of a pilot during an air combat exercise. This bit of training involved some "dog fighting" (lots of sharp turns) and the pilot was believed to have suffered G force disorientation, which led to the accident that killed him.

 


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