China plans to up the height limit for its future pilots, according to Xinhuanet news service. Are Chinese growing taller? Maybe, but not by much overall, despite the occasional American basketball recruit. The proposed height increase is only 0.07 meters, or under 3/10ths of a foot. The current range for a male pilot is 5.4-5.8 feet. The new range will be 5.4-6.1 feet.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.