Airmen Safer At Higher Altitudes Thanks to New Tech

Thanks to the Air Force Twitter, we found out about new technology in U-2 “Dragon Lady” airplanes that decrease Decompression Sickness (DCS) in pilots:

Air Force pilots flying the “Dragon Lady” no longer experience decompression sickness during their high-altitude flights, according to officials with the U-2 Program Office here.

Commonly referred to as DCS, decompression sickness is caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood and tissue following a sudden drop of air pressure.

For U-2 pilots, who routinely fly missions above 70,000 feet, this has been a major concern.

Thanks to this new lifesaving technology, the hazards faced by our servicemen are greatly reduced — no DCS incidents have been reported since implementation of technology that allows engineers to increase cockpit cabin pressure.

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