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What's going on with oxygen systems in military aircraft?...

Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:33 pm

This is, IMO, getting ridiculous!: http://aviationweek.com/defense/dozens- ... bad0d5987f

I remember hearing, in a 60 Minutes report, about problems with these systems in F-22s, but those were fixed, and now it seems like all our military aircraft are being effected by these issues.
 
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Re: What's going on with oxygen systems in military aircraft?...

Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:55 am

A lot of military aircraft have moved from liquid oxygen tanks to generating oxygen from onboard oxygen generation systems. The main advantage going from liquid oxygen tanks to an onboard generating system is endurance; pilots can fly much longer breathing from OBOGS than they can from a LOX tank, and with today's missions being longer than before, having the extra endurance is becoming essential.

Not to mention that LOX is extremely volatile and potentially dangerous; special precautions need to be taken when handling LOX, and if LOX spills onto an asphalt surface or gets soaked into a oily rag, you got a ticking time bomb with the potential for a MASSIVE explosion.

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