posted on May, 27 2006 @ 10:39 AM
In 23 years (1981 - 2004) of flying fighters (F-15, F-16, F-5, MiG-29), I never flew with a diaper. Why? There isn't one for males. I've flown the
F-16 across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans twice each and have flown numerous 7+ hour combat sorties. No diapers, no relief tubes, just piddle
packs. In training, it's not such a big deal; sorties last only an hour or two. If a fighter pilot can't 'hold it' and makes pee pee or doo doo in
his flight suit, then he'll return to the ilk and ire of his crew chief (who's not going to clean up the mess, the offending fighter pilot is) and
the jeers and sneers of his fellow fighter pilots.
There is an option that we refer to as a 'force extender' (just a slang term) which is a condom over the pilot's male parts which is connected to a
tube that runs down the side of the leg and is attached to a bag. The thought here is that you don't have to whip anything out and risk spraying
'Holy Water' all over the cockpit trying to use the piddle pack. The 'force extender' is a problem in the F-16. When sitting in a semi-reclined
position, there's not enough component of gravity holding what's in the bag in the bag. It's easy to get a lot of backflow. That goes in the
It's extra challenging when wearing an anti-exposure suit and trying to use the piddle pack. You're wearing several layers of undergarments and the
'jaws of death' crotch zipper on the suit itself will make you cringe. Again, leaning back in the F-16 increases the level of difficulty for the
Did the lady fighter pilots wear diapers on long missions. Don't know, never asked and never cared.