Features

May 2019 Issue

Stress In The Cockpit

No matter how good you think you are, threat-based stress can affect a pilot’s cockpit performance. Here’s how that happens and what you can do about it.

True story: A USAF F-105 Thunderchief pilot was shot down over North Vietnam, ejected and landed in the jungle. Coming up on his emergency radio, he was told a rescue mission was on the way, to hide out and to come back up on the frequency in an hour. The pilot waited for what seemed like an hour and called back; he once again was told to call back when the hour was up—in 55 more minutes.

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