When U.S. Air Force Col. Jay Flottmann climbed into the back of a U.S. Navy F/A-18, he was hoping to use his unique expertise as both a fighter pilot and qualified physician to help the Navy get to the bottom of the troubling surge in hypoxia-like cockpit episodes that leave aircrew short of breath, disoriented and unnerved. Flottmann’s findings, part of a new NASA study on physiological episodes (PE) in Navy F/A-18s and EA-18Gs, shed new light on a deadly problem with which the U.S. ...

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