OPERATION FRICTION: DEVELOPMENT AND INTRODUCTION OF PERSONAL COOLING FOR CH124 SEA KING AIRCREW

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Authors
  1. Bossi, L.L.M.
  2. Glass, K.C.
  3. Frim, J.
  4. Ballantyne, M.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Sea King aircraft and aircrew were deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of Canada's support to the United Nations actions against Iraq. Due to the expected high ambient temperatures and requirement to operate in the Aircrew Chemical Defence (CD) ensemble, personal cooling was required to maintain operational effectiveness. A system, that had been developed by Exotemp of Pembroke (Ontario) for cooling bomb disposal personnel, was adapted for this purpose. This included not only manufacture and delivery within one week, but also design and implementation of CD ensemble and aircraft modifications. Through concerted efforts of many individuals and agencies, equipment developments and modifications were completed in the one week available prior to sailing. The development of doctorine, operational use of the cooling ensembles, and training of aircrew and support staff were accomplished aboard ship enroute to Gibraltor. Physiological and operational evaluations of the cooling system show that the operational capability of our aircrew is significantly enhanced by the personal cooling system. Indeed, this is the first aircew personal cooling system known to have been used in wartime. It made Canadian Sea King aircrew unique amongst our allies: in unconditioned aircraft, in one of the hottest environments in the world, dressed in the full CD ensemble, they could function without being limited by heat stress.
Report Number
DCIEM-93-06 —
Date of publication
01 Jan 1993
Number of Pages
62
DSTKIM No
93-01462
CANDIS No
129346
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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