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AFE ensures anti-exposure suits are airtight, waterproof
Staff Sgt. Joshua Smith, 8th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment assistant NCO in charge, inspects an anti-exposure suit for any tears or abrasions Dec. 11, 2012, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. AFE technicians ensure these suits are airtight and waterproof to increase a pilot’s chances of survival if he must eject over water. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brigitte N. Brantley/Released)
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AFE ensures anti-exposure suits are airtight, waterproof

Posted 12/21/2012   Updated 12/21/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Senior Airman Brigitte N. Brantley
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs


12/21/2012 - KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- When the human body is immersed in cold water, it loses heat 25 times faster than it does when exposed to cold air.

For F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots flying over the frigid Pacific Ocean and Yellow Sea during routine flights, the anti-exposure suits they wear can be the difference between life and death.

The 8th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment flight at Kunsan works to ensure these suits are both airtight and waterproof.



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