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Old 12-08-2017, 05:38 PM
 
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How do crew members go to restroom on military aircrafts? Are they accommodating to females? I've read there are adult diapers, or restrooms have been built onboard?
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:19 PM
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Our C-130 fleet consisted of 1982 models. Originally they came with a honey bucket, located aft just past the ramp hinge on the left side. It was lined with a standard 33 gallon trash bag. At some point in the 1990s they were deemed unacceptable and were replaced with a standard camping porta potty. We also had one urinal right next to the porta potty and another on the opposite side. A green vinyl curtain surrounded the porta potty and urinal to afford some privacy. When it was an all male crew and no passengers, the curtain and porta potty stayed stowed. For male crew members it was a point of pride to complete one's career without ever using the honey bucket/porta potty. I was one of those who never used it!

Later C-130s came with a chemical toilet that was serviced from the outside by a standard airline turd hearse. The C-17 is luxurious by comparison. It has a regular enclosed lavatory with a chemical toilet, similar to those used by the airlines.

The diapers are used by astronauts. They are not used on any cargo aircraft.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:45 PM
 
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How do crew members go to restroom on military aircrafts? Are they accommodating to females? I've read there are adult diapers, or restrooms have been built onboard?

Fighter planes have no toilets of course. The pilot uses a plastic bag that is disposed of later.

Bigger planes have toilets and/or urinals like airliners. They accommodate anyone and the single toilet aircraft are unisex. Long before the idea of unisex hit the civilian world, the military was doing it that way.

Some military cargo and refueling aircraft are essentially the same as airliners, and they can have more than one toilet. Bombers have one.
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Old 12-09-2017, 03:27 AM
 
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Hell my first reaction to this thread was this. The US cargo transport planes just have an open window where you hang it out and let it loose.
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Old 12-09-2017, 03:34 PM
 
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The crew latrine. Even has a plug to shave with. Women are pretty well respected members of flight crews these days.
If the cargo planes have passengers they can request a comfort pallet which has a latrine and a kitchen. At least that's how the 141s were. C5s had latrines (and kitchens) upstairs on the second deck in the passenger area. I'm not sure about 17s.
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:40 PM
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The crew latrine. Even has a plug to shave with. Women are pretty well respected members of flight crews these days.
If the cargo planes have passengers they can request a comfort pallet which has a latrine and a kitchen. At least that's how the 141s were. C5s had latrines (and kitchens) upstairs on the second deck in the passenger area. I'm not sure about 17s.
On the C-130 our comfort pallet only had a lavatory and they were only used when we had a VIP mission. Usually members of Congress or diplomats. When I was in Afghanistan we had a group of senators aboard one time and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff another time, but no comfort pallet in either case. I have to wonder if someone got chewed out for not ensuring that there was a comfort pallet in theater. At least no one complained to me in either case.
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:59 AM
 
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To the OP, what type of aircraft are you curious about?

All different types of aircraft have different "facilities" and they accomodate anyone
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Old 12-10-2017, 05:39 PM
 
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Fighter planes have no toilets of course. The pilot uses a plastic bag that is disposed of later.

Bigger planes have toilets and/or urinals like airliners. They accommodate anyone and the single toilet aircraft are unisex. Long before the idea of unisex hit the civilian world, the military was doing it that way.

Some military cargo and refueling aircraft are essentially the same as airliners, and they can have more than one toilet. Bombers have one.
For dudes, yes. The advent of female fighter pilots mad for a more interesting situation which wasn't really addressed. Depends were the preferred method of dealing with it.

The Piddle Pack came in two types, one (older) had a sponge inside the tube/bag combo, and the newer version had a gel that contained the contents very well. Some guys needed them after two hours, I had a 6-7 hour bladder and only needed them for really long (transoceanic or extended combat) missions.

The worst thing a pilot could do would be to leave the pack in the jet. That would require the offender to buy the crew chief of the aircraft a case of anything.

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Old 12-11-2017, 06:34 PM
 
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It's honestly a non issue...
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Old 12-15-2017, 09:30 AM
 
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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).

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