Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
NOVA Home Find out what's coming up on air Listing of previous NOVA Web sites NOVA's history Subscribe to the NOVA bulletin Lesson plans and more for teachers NOVA RSS feeds Tell us what you think Program transcripts Buy NOVA videos or DVDs Watch NOVA programs online Answers to frequently asked questions
Battle of the X-Planes

Outfitting a Fighter Pilot
by Lexi Krock

 

X-Planes homepage

With their steely nerves and cool demeanor, fighter pilots seem born to fly. Yet even the toughest human beings are unequipped to survive, much less thrive, in combat airplanes. Soaring at up to 60,000 feet and more than 1,875 miles per hour—the altitude ceiling and top speed of an F-15—a pilot would quickly black out without his flight gear, a 40-pound collection of vital clothing and equipment designed to counteract the effects of altitude and high speed.

In this interactive, find out what an F-15 fighter pilot wears in the air and what he carries in case he must eject. Like the test pilots who flew the prototype Boeing and Lockheed Martin X-Planes (see Meet a Test Pilot), the military pilots who fly the next-generation fighters will wear flight suits similar to the one seen in this feature.


Outfitting a Fighter Pilot

Outfitting a Fighter Pilot (340k)






Lexi Krock is assistant editor of NOVA online.







Send feedback Image credits
   
NOVA Home Find out what's coming up on air Listing of previous NOVA Web sites NOVA's history Subscribe to the NOVA bulletin Lesson plans and more for teachers NOVA RSS feeds Tell us what you think Program transcripts Buy NOVA videos or DVDs Watch NOVA programs online Answers to frequently asked questions

Support provided by

For new content
visit the redesigned
NOVA site