Air Force medical personnel are working with researchers at the University of Cincinnati to understand how providing medical care in the darkened, noisy, moving environments of military aircraft affects the body and what may be done to offset those effects, said Lt. Gen. Charles Green, Air Force surgeon general. Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee’s military personnel panel earlier this month, Green said clinical studies are also examining the amount of oxygen to give patients at higher altitudes during aeromedical evacuations. The Air Force also has recently fielded a device to improve spinal immobilization for AE patients, he said. Together with the Army, USAF medical personnel also are testing equipment to improve areas like ventilation, fluid resuscitation, and physiological monitoring in critical care air support, he noted. (Green prepared remarks)
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.