by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
5/21/2015 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- For
pilots, flying has the possibility of turning into a life-or-death
situation. Soaring at 10,000 feet or higher can produce hypoxia, a
condition caused by lack of oxygen reaching the body. Symptoms gradually
arise as tingling or warm sensations, lightheadedness, and euphoria,
eventually leading to more serious effects and possibly losing control
of the aircraft. Because hypoxia doesn't cause pain, it's important that
pilots are aware of how their body reacts to a lack of oxygen in order
to safely execute their mission.
As a way to increase awareness this condition, Misawa regularly conducts
hypoxia familiarization training here. Airmen with the 35th Operations
Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment participated in this training
May 20 to ensure all pilot equipment is in its top-notch condition.