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Five female fighter pilots test G-force suits modified for women

Five female fighter pilots test G-force suits modified for women

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Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Five female fighter pilots have recently tested G-force suits modified to better fit the frames of women and other body types besides the typical man, the U.S. Air Force said Tuesday. The women pilots tested the modified version of the Advanced Technology Anti-Gravity Suit, from Oct. 26-30, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, according to a U.S. Air Force statement. Advertisement The suits have been in use since 2001 to protect pilots from G-force induced loss of consciousness during maneuvers in fighter aircraft, but it was developed primarily for standard men's body types. Along with women, pilots with "shorter" or "hard-to-fit" frames often struggled with the suits limited adjustability, according to the statement. The suits were modified to include wider lacing panels...