Accession Number:

ADA126748

Title:

Ejection Injuries in Southeast Asia Prisoner of War Returnees,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INSPECTION AND SAFETY CENTER NORTON AFB CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-09-03

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

The ultimate test of life support equipment is its use under combat conditions. During the Southeast Asia conflict, some United States Air Force aircrews ejected and were captured. They have since been returned. Questionnaires were sent to the returnees to determine the effectiveness of their life support equipment. At the time this paper was being prepared, 209 of the 218 questionnaires completed by returnees documenting their pre-capture experiences had been received. From these 209 questionnaires, injuries occurring before, during, and after ejection were evaluated. There were 1645 aircrews who entered hostile territory with some degree of injury, of which 78 had major injuries. The most common injury, of which 78 had major injuries. The most common injuries were fracturesdislocations with ejection forces and windblast the most common causes of the injuries. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Aircraft
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE