Armed Forces News

The Air Force wants to hear from students, instructors and service leadership in regards to physiological problems experienced while flying the T-6 Texan II trainer aircraft. While recent studies that identified problems have been welcomed, there still is a need for solutions.
“We need to remember that executing those solutions will require a time-phased approach. While many proactive steps are already well underway, and others are coming in the next weeks, the process of procuring and fielding major hardware solutions will require some time,” said Brig. Gen. Edward “Hertz” Vaughan, Air Force Physiological Event Action Team leader, during a recent visit to Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, where Air Force flight training takes place. An ultimate solution would require input both from mechanical sensors and human operators, Vaughan said.
The entire T-6 fleet was grounded in January, in the aftermath of complaints that pilots and trainees were experiencing hypoxia — a lack of oxygen.