Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS

Outfitting a Fighter Pilot

  • By Lexi Krock
  • Posted 11.01.07
  • NOVA

With their steely nerves and cool demeanor, fighter pilots seem born to fly. Yet in today's combat airplanes, which fly at up to 60,000 feet and more than 1,875 miles per hour, a pilot would quickly black out without his flight gear. In this interactive, find out what an F-15 fighter pilot wears in the air and what he carries in case he must eject.

Launch Interactive Printable Version

A pilot's gear is a sophisticated support system that can save his life in deadly situations.

Lexi Krock is a former associate editor of NOVA Online. This feature originally appeared, in slightly different form, on NOVA's Battle of the X-Planes website.

Credits

Images

(all)
© NOVA/WGBH Educational Foundation

Related Links

  • Missing in MiG Alley

    What happened to American pilots shot down over Korea half a century ago?

  • MiG vs. Sabre Anatomy

    Compare the two fighters—one Russian, one American—whose pilots dueled to the death over "MiG Alley."

  • All About G Forces

    What's behind gravity forces, and how much of them can we take?

  • Bringing Home MIAs

    The U.S. spends over $100 million a year to find, I.D., and bury all American personnel lost since the start of WWII.

Close

You need the Flash Player plug-in to view this content.