What happens to pilots at high gravitational forces?
For fighter pilots to maintain their composure during aerial combat, they must undergo training at high gravitational forces (G-forces). Aggressive manoeuvres at high speed drain the blood from a pilot’s head with centrifugal force – so while they’re tracking their target and flying the aircraft, they’re clinging to consciousness.
Poland’s first female fighter pilot, Lt Katarzyna Tomiak-Siemieniewicz, undergoes high G-force centrifuge training at a specialist facility in Poland.
Footage includes Lt Tomiak-Siemieniewicz inside a high G-force centrifuge, and an interview about changes she feels at various levels of G-force.
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