US Navy Aviator Jackets: Zip Fasteners Take Off!

“Sundback’s improved zip proved hard to market, not least because of the previous, dud design. It was used on utilitarian accessories—money belts, tobacco pouches – but the rag trade proved resistant. The first world war, though, gave the zip its break. In 1918, the US Navy began to put them on its aviator jackets. Then,… Read More

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Celebrating 100 Years of The RAF’s Contribution to Medicine

Research Paper Title 100 years of the Royal Air Force’s contribution to medicine: providing care in the air and delivering care by air. Abstract The Royal Air Force (RAF) came into being during World War I as the world’s first independent air force on the 1 April 1918, amalgamating elements of the Royal Flying Corps… Read More

What is the Fighter Aircrew Conditioning Programme (FACP)?

What is the Fighter Aircrew Conditioning Programme (FACP)? FACP, a programme of the United Stated Air Force (USAF), is designed to help aircrew members develop a personalised, comprehensive approach to G-fitness early in their flying career. Sound physical conditioning habits not only improve performance in the G-environment, but may reduce or prevent injuries such as… Read More

What are the Energy Drink & Nutritional Supplement Beliefs Among US Naval Aviation Candidates?

Research Paper Title Energy Drink and Nutritional Supplement Beliefs Among Naval Aviation Candidates. Background The National Academy of Medicine called for increased research on nutritional supplement use among military members. Current research has suggested potential health risks posed by energy drink consumption. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of energy drink… Read More

What are the Clinical Diagnoses Leading to Suspension in US Army Aircrew?

Research Paper Title Clinical Diagnoses Leading to Suspension in Army Aircrew: An Epidemiological Study. Background There have been few large-scale epidemiological examinations of military aircrew populations reported in recent literature. This study examined 10 yr of medical records contained in the U.S. Army Aeromedical Electronic Resource Office (AERO) in an effort to identify the most… Read More

Where are the RAF’s Lightning II F-35’s Located & Their Cost?

As of 24 August 2018, the Royal Air Force (RAF) had 15 Lightning II F-35B aircraft in the following locations. Production No. Tail No. Location Squadron BK-01 ZM135 Edwards Air Force Base, USA 17 Squadron BK-02 ZM136 Edwards Air Force Base, USA 17 Squadron BK-03 ZM137 Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, USA Not yet… Read More

What is the Content Validity of Level Two of the RAF Aircrew Conditioning Programme?

Introduction The prevalence of flight-related neck pain in all Royal Air Force (RAF) aircrew is 66% and 70% in UK fast-jet aircrew. The RAF Aircrew Conditioning Programme (ACP) has been designed to enhance pilot performance through reducing fatigue and strain injuries, particularly to the neck. Content validity of the ACP was assessed to determine the… Read More