Aviation Survival

Today, three Army textbooks on aviation survival – more technically, survival for airmen and aircrews. They’re a couple years old, but still current doctrine, and required study for certain occupational specialties.

The first, Survival Elements, Psychological Aspects, and Survival Medicine (2.3MB PDF) covers just what the title suggests. The first two parts may not be of great interest, but the medical section contains some truly fascinating information, like this handy set of instructions:

Note the deep, insightful wisdom of step four – “Increased pain and bright red blood in the wound indicate the maggots have reached healthy tissue”, and the maggot-removal instructions in step five. Yech.

The second textbook, Sustenance (6.3MB PDF), covers both the importance of food and water to survival, and how to get them. If you’ve seen one set of instructions on making snares, traps, and primitive clubs and spears, you’ve seen them all, probably, but there’s a lot in here that isn’t covered by, say, today’s highly-pansified Boy Scout handbook…

Lastly, Direction Finding, Signaling, and Recovery (2.68MB PDF) covers about what you’d expect from the title. I must admit, there are a couple spots in this one where the instructions given – and remember, this is a self-study course – seem pretty woefully inadequate. On the other hand, I think the emphasis is (probably correctly) on the most likely tools and techniques people are actually going to use. Either way, it’s an interesting read.

Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on October 6th, 2007| Comments Off on Aviation Survival

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