Iceman, here are the pics i promised you months ago about the cooling system we use in our Blackhawks. It's basically 4 individual compressors (1 for each crew member) that are charged with R-134a. Water is cooled (like a refrigerator does) and is then ran through a vest that we wear underneath all our flight gear. The system is a very basic system, but is a life saver here in Iraq, I have seen temperatures peak above 52ÃÂ°C (about 126ÃÂ°F). Currently we are experimenting with running a few small fluid lines off the vest and up through parts of our helmet. Typically when I get time to work on it, i fall short on supplies and have to wait for my wife to mail them out to me...I'm pretty sure we will come up with something once winter comes back around on the calendar. Really the only problems with the system are the condensation build up on the vest....but then again it actually helps with the cooling process, and then just having to service the unit with new water almost every flight due to evaporation and air getting into the system. Anyway, I hope all is well for everyone back in the states, only 6 months left here! At least I'm not having to pay for gas over here Take care all and i'll talk to you guys later.
Edited: Thu July 31, 2008 at 8:16 AM by badufay
Be safe! What's the consensus of the troops, Obama or McCain?
I cant really say....I think it is about 50/50 to be honest, it just depends on when and who you ask.
Sounds like a fair answer to me! I don't really like either of them but what options do we really have!
Besides other things, looks like you have a dust and sand problem over there and bet that fan sitting overhead really kicks that crap up. Must be a maintenance nightmare, ha cuss enough when they put that road salt sand mix on the roads, really would be cussing there, but nothing like that HBO Generation Kill show about our troops in Iraq. Bearings, engine parts don't mix well with sand.
Nice to see that the military is giving some thought to the comfort of troops, should help a little with the fatigue. If our leaders led us in battle, whole thing would be air conditioned with lounge seats and a bar.
Also wonder why they make our troops wear uniforms and the enemy does not, makes us stick out like a sore thumb, but maybe I shouldn't wonder.
Hope this is over soon and you have a safe return.
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