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From: (Ed Rasimus)
Newsgroups: rec.aviation.military
Subject: Re: ?about downed pilot survival
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 16:29:00 GMT

Dave Stein <> wrote:

> My question is why don't pilots, especially those in true combat or
>dangerous peace-keeping situations, stuff all those hundreds of pockets
>in their flight suits with PowerBars, Clif bars, etc? In a real
>emergency sit. 7 bars could last you 2 weeks or so.

There are a lot of choices about what you carry into combat. Start by
covering most of your legs and waist with a G-suit, covering those
flight suit pockets (you wouldn't put anything in since the squeeze of
the G-suit would hurt you  and ruin the item.)

Then add a Combat Edge vest, an LPU (maybe incorporated in the
ejection harness), and a survival vest with its pockets.

Some things you are probably carrying include two (or more) survival
radios, an extra radio battery, a couple of day/night flares, a
pen-gun flare kit, a gun and some ammo, a knife, a mirror, a medical
kit, some marker panels, a medical kit, a flashlight, maybe a
blood-chit and a water bottle or two.

Most survival experiences are short term and the most demanding
nutritional need immediately after ejection is water, not food.

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