Luke F-35 seat modifications expand aviator pool
Airman 1st Class Matthew Romano, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron egress systems technician, guides a support hook to connect to an F-35A Lightning II ejection seat at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan.11, 2018. Since October 2015, pilots weighing less than 136 pounds have been restricted from flying the F-35 due to concerns of possible neck injuries resulting if pilots engaged in ejection seat procedures. In May 2017, three modifications were implemented to the F-35A ejection system allowing Air Force leaders to remove the weight limit restriction on pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel)
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