The Ideal vs. the Maximum Height and Weight of Jet Fighter Pilots, the Use of Flight Compression Suits, and the Hook Method Taught to Pilots

Jet fight pilots must be on the shorter end in terms of stature. Before becoming a military pilot, a recruit must undergo a measurement from their hips to their knees and then once again from their knees to their heels, because if a person is too tall, they will lose their legs when ejecting from the aircraft in an emergency. The maximum height accepted is 6’4” and the maximum weight accepted is 231 lbs. Compression suits are designed to quickly inflate to push against the pilots muscles and kee...

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