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Service Test of the Army Aircraft Hot-Climate and Overwater Individual Survival Kit

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The Individual Hot Climate Survival Kit and the Individual Overwater Survival Kit with the latest modifications consist of two separate containers. Each kit consists of a seat pack and back pad. The seat pack for the Hot Climate Kit is designed to fit the bucket seat of Army aircraft 14 in. x 15 in. x 7 in. . It consists of a metal pan and a lid enclosed in a zippered fabric case. It has a flat top, as opposed to the contoured top of an earlier design. A two- inch thick cushion is attached to the top of the fabric case by five snap fasteners. Two slits are provided in the forward portion of the cushion. The parachute leg straps are fed through the cushion and buckled around the legs. The seat pack for the Overwater Survival Kit differs from that previously described in that only the metal lid is provided, thereby resulting in a semi- rigid configuration. In addition, a life raft CO2 cartridge is connected to a quick-release zipper of the fabric case. During an emergency exit, using the Overwater Survival Kit, the pilot activates the life raft by pulling the quick- release zipper on the fabric case and removes the safety fasteners which releases the seat pad. The life raft is inflated during the parachute decent. The back pad for both kits is identical in design with, and the same length and width as, the sponge rubber pad located on the inside of the back pack parachute. When using the survival kit, the sponge rubber pad is taken out of the parachute and the survival kit back pad is inserted in its place.

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  • Aircraft
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

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