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Old 12-15-2017, 10:39 AM
Location: USA
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All I know is that once I left the pattern on a long, cross country flight my ex-wife would automatically announce, "I have to pee". No facilities, on little GA airplanes. I gave her a box of adult diapers at one point, and she didn't speak to me for days, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing.
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Old 12-15-2017, 11:56 AM
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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Originally Posted by walessp View Post
Relieving yourself on long flights/overseas missions in F-4s was a little more complex. Most guys had to disconnect unstrap the lower part of the parachute harness to really get "free to pee." It was a very uncomfortable feeling (for me anyway).

In the early 90s an F-16 was lost because the pilot completely unbuckled his lap belt, and pushed it to the right clear of the seat, up against the sidestick controller. He then raised or lowered the seat for a better position, and when he was done, returned the seat to it's original height. As he did that, the buckle pressed hard against the stick, resulting in a very rapid roll rate which could not be countered by pulling against the stick. Result: Pilot ejected at a fairly high altitude (it's not stated whether he suffered frostbite on a delicate part, or if it was stowed) and a $40M aircraft was lost. After that, every time we received egress training (every six months) that was emphasized, though no one actually had to demonstrate how to use the Piddle Pack.
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