USAF showcases new chemical and biological suit for F-35 pilots

Published: Jan 26, 2017

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The US Air Force (USAF) revealed the new chemical and biological (CB) protective suit to be worn by pilots of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

The outfit, which was showcased on the service’s website on 2 February, also features a Joint Service Aircrew Mask, a pilot-mounted CB air filter, a communications device, and CB socks and gloves double taped at the wrists, all to be worn in addition to the pilot’s sleeved flight jacket and g -suit. The outfit also features a filtered air blower that protects the pilot from CB contamination while walking to the aircraft.