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The armor issue returns.
I'll bet that given the choice most guys would rather have these:
The same kind of earplugs sold to Def Leppard, the Moody Blues, Nine Inch Nails and other rock bands are slowly starting to be used by U.S. military pilots to protect hearing, muffle cockpit noise and ease communications.But are any of those bands still touring?
“These things are phenomenal,” Bradley said. “It cuts out more noise, and I can hear much better. I want to buy this for every Reserve I have who wears a helmet.”
The new earplugs originally were developed for aircraft maintenance workers who often had to stand next to deafening jet engines.
“The pilots got jealous,” said John Hall, audio engineer in the Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The earplugs are similar to ones Westone sells to rock bands, said Karl Cartwright, head of new product development for the company. Musicians use the plugs not only to protect their hearing, but also to hear the sounds of the individual instruments and voices more clearly.
The noise in Iraq is unrelenting - especially if you're at a camp with aviation assets. (Not to mention combat and other explosions.) And plugs that block all sound aren't the answer. But fat chance the media would recognize a real and widespread threat. In fact, their emphasis on armor, armor, and armor ensures other issues will never be addressed.
And while we're at it, a weapon that can drop a terrorist in one shot would be nice too. Back to you, Senator Clinton.
Huh...I gotta get me some of those. You should hear my server closet...Posted by I R A Darth Aggie at January 11, 2006 11:56 PM
I just saw the Moody Blues in Denver two months ago. They put on a really good show. Don't know about the others thoughPosted by Rick Stilson at January 12, 2006 12:20 AM
62% of Non-battle injuries resulting in evacuation are "orthopedic".
Almost twice the rate of medical evacuations due to "explosions". 8 times the rate of evacuation due to "gun shot wounds". 19 soldiers have died of hearts attacks/heat related illnesses.
Could the weight of "Full battle rattle" be a cause?
Thanks for the heads' up on these. Gonna have to check into them for the husband (Chinooks are LOUD).
Posted by HomefrontSix at January 12, 2006 07:25 AM
NIN are on tour right now.Posted by JimK at January 13, 2006 01:41 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(5) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)