Female fighter pilots test modified ATAGS “G-suit”


Five female fighter pilots tested a modified version of the Advanced Technology Anti-Gravity Suit Oct. 26-30.

ATAGS is a proven design and a critical life support item that protects aircrew members from the effects of high-G forces during maneuvers in fighter aircraft, but the ATAGS design, which has been in use since 2001, was developed primarily for standard men’s body types. Pilots who are shorter or have smaller or hard-to-fit body types often struggle to properly adjust the G-suit to fit well due to a limited range of adjustability in the standard sizes.

Directly tasked by the secretary of the Air Force, engineers and subject matter experts at Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and AFWERX set out to address priority shortfalls in female specific aircrew equipment and gear, to include ATAGS. Instead of creating a new product altogether, experts determined modifications could be made to the current ATAGS design to better fit women and various body types.


Air Force pilot tests modified Black Hawk helicopter for first time

July 18 (UPI) — For the first time, an Air Force pilot tested an HH-60W combat rescue helicopter, which is a modified version of the Army’s UH-60M Black Hawk. Maj. Andrew Fama, a test pilot with the 413th Flight Test Squadron based in Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., flew the aircraft last Thursday at Sikorsky Aircraft’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin.


Navy Deactivates F-35 Training Squadron as it Concentrates Stealth Fighter Ops

The U.S. Navy has deactivated its stealth fighter squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The service announced last week that F-35C Joint Strike Fighters belonging to the “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 had left Eglin, which had served as a Lightning II training hub since 2012, according to a news release. The Navy in December said plans were in the works to move its F-35C operations to Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, concentrating its Joint Strike Fighter operations out west.