High-G training for fighter aircrew.Aviat Space Environ Med. 1988 Jan; 59(1):12-9.AS
From 8 Jan 85 through 12 Feb 86, 741 USAF fighter aircrew from Tactical Air Command underwent high-G training at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, the major objectives of the training being to increase their understanding of G stress and G protection and to raise their G tolerance. The didactics centered on discussion of the G-time tolerance curve and demonstration of an effective anti-G straining maneuver (AGSM). Exposure to G stress on the USAFSAM centrifuge allowed the trainees to determine their G tolerances and to perfect and practice their AGSM. The trainees' mean relaxed and straining G tolerances on the gradual-onset run (GOR) without anti-G suit inflation were 5.2 and 8.3 G, respectively; and 41% of the trainees reached the 9.0-G run limit. All but two of the trainees completed the 8-G, 15-s rapid-onset run (ROR) with anti-G suit inflated; 94% completed the 9-G, 15-s ROR; and 93% were able to tolerate the 9-G, 10-s ROR while looking back over their left shoulder. G-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) occurred in 9% of the trainees, most commonly on the GOR, less often on the 9-G RORs. Motion sickness was a significant problem in less than 1% of the trainees. Critiques provided by 382 trainees revealed 73% enthusiastic or positive assessments of the training, as opposed to only 2% negative or hostile responses. We conclude that high-G training is well-tolerated by fighter aircrew and is a highly appropriate method for minimizing the potential for aircraft mishaps due to G-LOC in flight.