I shared with you people one of my favorite essays by David Sedaris called, "Thanks! Stadium Pal!" It's one of the funniest things I've ever read. One passage was particularly apropos to today's topic: How do jet fighter pilots pee in flight? The sad former answer was in their pants or some other equally humiliating answer. Hell, it's the same answer for marathon runners, so whatever. Some tasks require sacrifice. Flying a jet is worth wet pants, I guess.
The humiliation is over and there is a new urination technology for pilots:
The Army and Navy look to use these elsewhere. But I have to wonder, why not just use the Stadium Pal? Truckers use them. And if the adhesive that Sedaris used and so viciously harmed his nether regions were replaced by something kinder and gentler, I would think it'd be a cheaper alternative. $2,000 bucks a pop seems excessive just to pee easily.
The aerobatic maneuver is even harder for female pilots.
On long or cold-weather flights, the amount of gear and clothing made the maneuver nearly impossible, and pilots would sometimes have no choice but to relieve themselves in their flight suits.
In the AMXD, a cup for a man and a pad for a woman is strategically placed before the pilot dons a flight suit.
An instructional DVD tells pilots: "When the time comes to urinate, unzip the flight suit, remove the hose.... The control unit will pump the urine from the cup to the collection bag, where it will be chemically gelled." See how the system works »
Pilots are free to think about other business.