A Preliminary Investigation of the Nuclear Vulnerability of Tactical Air Crews.
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX
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Four rhesus monkeys were trained to perform tasks representative of VFR flight. After several hundred hours of training to insure proficiency, they were subjected to 1440 rads of radiation delivered over a ten-hour period simulating several tactical nuclear sorties. They then continued to reaccomplish the same 10 hour workload on alternating days for seven days post-exposure. The results suggest that the supralethal radiation dose can be a significant performance degrader in the short term up to 1-2 hours post exposure. But, there is recovery and significant performance capability exists for at least seven days post exposure. Author