This is a great find! The military doesn't usually let these suits go. A lot of aviation collectors are going to want this one.
- Fact 1: A G-suit uses inflatable bladders to push blood toward a fighter pilot's brain in high-gravity maneuvers.
- Fact 2: The average person can tolerate 3-5 g's before blacking out. Modern fighter pilots encounter forces up to 9 g's in combat.
- Fact 3: The first G-suit, the Franks Mark I, was developed in 1941, and used heavy, water-filled bladders. Designs using air appeared three years later.
- Fact 4: G-force-induced loss of conciousness, commonly called G-LOC, was first encountered in dogfighting WWI pilots.
- Fact 5: Researchers are experimenting with new smart materials and fluids to produce more effective G-suits. One such suit, the Libelle, is already in use in the Eurofighter Typhoon.