A Pilot Passed Out While Flying an F-15 Over Oregon

F-15 C

In late March of 2019, in a military operating area over Oregon, a student pilot and instructor were conducting a two-aircraft training mission on basic fighter maneuvers. Each Aviator was in their own F-15C jet. It was early afternoon, and the aircraft were at about 18,000 feet. The student made a turn, and during that maneuver, began to experience G-forces. About six seconds into that turn, those Gs caused blood to travel downwards from the pilot's head, and the student passed out.

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