Coming up: A field fatigue study at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., to explore different "go pills
" and evaluating their effectiveness.
Aircrew successfully ground-tested with the Go pill, dextroamphetamine, carried two, five-mg pills, in clearly labeled plastic bags during all their flights.
This Go pill increases alertness and improves safety of flight when used during sustained-flight operations.
The fuel for this argument came during OSW when the Air Force Wing directive required all air assets operating in the AOR to be ground-tested and to carry the Go pill in-flight.
The US Air Force-issued 'go pills
' may have impaired the pilots' judgment, David Beck, lawyer for Major William Umbach, told the hearing at Barksdale air force base.
It provides background on the subject, strategies for fatigue reduction, and guidance in the use of sleep-inducing and anti-fatigue medications ("no-go pills" and "go pills
") in aircrew.