Saturday, January 06, 2007

Submarine (Space Travel) Underwear Developed by the USAF

Molten Eagle first described the rivalry between the USN and USAF for primacy in space when this drawing appeared here, in October, 2005.

Regardless of any Star Trek (nautical) precedents, U.S. Air Force leadership thinks extraterrestrial space should be its domain. Except for AF combat pilots, who rarely land on airfields exhibiting roll, pitch, and yaw, the USAF may be the most pampered service in the US military. Exemplary bands, choirs, back to base every day, daily phone calls to mothers, HDTVs, etc.

With barely $20 million, the USAF developed a super fabric, derived from technology to protect soldiers from biological weapons. Why then, would Air Force types need this (no profanities or diaper humor, please):

Self-Cleaning Underwear Goes Weeks Without Washing
The technology, created by scientists working for the U.S. Air Force, has already been used to create t-shirts and underwear that can be worn hygenically for weeks without washing. (h/t Lone Ranger ex-Army, Nam vet).

The nanoparticle coating kills bacteria, and leads moisture to bead up and run into the bilge. Question: By the way, what is the term for bilge in the International Space Station?
Answer: the atmosphere, where excess moisture would quickly evaporate.

Jeff Owens, one of the scientists responsible, explained, "During Desert Storm, most casualties were from bacterial infections—not accidents or friendly fire. We treated underwear for soldiers who tested them for several weeks and found they remained hygienic. They also helped clear up some skin complaints." [emphasis added]

Okay, the answer to why the Air force needs the new underwear is here. Seems the fabric is also very useful to sports teams, and there is a rumor the fabric will be tested by the cheerleading team.

Full Disclosure: Molten Eagle was once in the Air Force ROTC. Other than little sense of humor, the Air Force is really super in my book, just not nearly as super as the Submarine Sevice.


At 09 January, 2007 01:29, Blogger Papa Ray said...

Jeez, we solved the underwear problem back in the sixtys in Nam.

We didn't wear any.

Newbys that kept theirs on, soon found themselves with many different skin maladys. With the accompaning odor and such, they soon understood the validity of not wearing any.

Feet were the worse. We would lose men weekly from foot problems. Some for good. Some returned.

Boots were another problem, early on and I hear even later, the boots would start falling to pieces after just a very few weeks. I myself went through 5 pair of boots.

It was very hot and wet over there..far away and long ago.

Papa Ray
West Texas

At 12 January, 2007 16:49, Blogger Vigilis said...

Papa Ray, you make a great point about the jungle rot. Imagine what the stories imbedded journalists might spin if that solution had been chosen in today's war. Thanks for sharing.


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