30 Jun '17, 8pm

Navy T-45 Trainers Will Return To Flight In July With Air Supply Fix

This sounds like a load of BS. In a past life I dealt extensively with compressed air and breathing air (not the same thing), plus one of my sons trained as a Navy pilot on the T45C, which had been adopted from a 1970s Hawker Siddely design and made operational as a Navy trainer in the 2000s. When he was training with the T45, he never mentioned problems with his breathing air. Why suddenly now is it an issue? For decades industrial technology has existed to continuously separate O2 from compressed atmospheric air, VIA a membrane – normally, a collection of tiny tubes with a tube sheet (a physical separator) on each end, with the air passing along the tubes and the O2 passing through the tube walls to be collected in the interstices – between the tubes. This supplementary O2 could then be mixed with compressed atmospheric air (from a separate source) to obtain the proper p...

Full article: http://breakingdefense.com/2017/06/navy-t-45-trainers-wil...

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