Flying at 70,000 feet the pilot must wear a full pressure suit
During the pre-flight test of his full pressure suit
, the life support technicians noticed an air leak in his left "space-suit" glove.
While there are some exciting aspects to being a U-2 pilot, the duty doesn't come without some serious hazards, like flying at altitudes where the pilot's blood would boil without his or her full pressure suit
This posed a new physical challenge in that ground temperature exceeded 115 degrees Fahrenheit, adding to the physical demands of the pilot who was wearing an insulated full pressure suit
. After 45 minutes of mental and physical strain, Maj Ryan was able to maneuver the crippled aircraft to the final approach and power up several aircraft electrical systems that are required for landing.
Additionally, he had to compensate for cross winds that were near the aircraft limit while wearing a full pressure suit
. No-flap landings at night are not permitted for practice, and the pilot was expired for basic currency in no-flap landings.
Shortly after contact with Lt Col Russell, the pilot's full pressure suit
helmet microphone shorted out.
He was quickly removed from his full pressure suit
and found to have no arterial pulse.
Lt Col Smith was flying in a full pressure suit
, which is extremely restrictive in nature and adds to the complexity of flying an already unstable aircraft.
That's based on years of experience making full pressure suits
Due to its high-altitude mission, pilots must wear full pressure suits
Once on the planet, the crew could emerge in full pressure suits
and proceed to explore the new world.