Pilots wearing headphones

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Pilots wearing headphones

Post by takeone » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:55 am

In some recent photos of the team...from their Facebook posts...I've noticed the pilots have headphones in their ears.

What's the reason for this? Don't they use the headphones in their helmets?

At first I thought it was for the solos. But I've seen pics of the diamond pilots with the same headphones.

Well...off to the braintrust of the Thunderbirds knowledge base!

Thanks guys...
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Post by Panther » Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:26 am

It's probably not headphones but ear protection e.g. foam ear plugs, some are attached via a string.
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Post by takeone » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:01 am

I thought that too...but the 'string' looked pretty thick...

So...earplugs...wow.
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Post by Grab » Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:33 pm

Not uncommon for AF pilots, crew members what have you to wear ear plugs under their helmets / headsets because flying in a military aircraft is typically very loud since there isn't any sound proofing for ride comfort like on airliners and things. I have flown on RC/KC-135s, C-17s, C-5s, C-130s, none of which have I been able to carry a conversation with the guy sitting next to me without either yelling at the top of my lungs or being plugged in to comm.

Something like this:

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Post by Lawndart » Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:06 pm

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The molds Capt. Riley is seen using don't look all that different from my own that I use when flying with one exception; mine are the kind mucisians use for feedback during live performances (and custom molded). The difference (assuming the ones in the photo are earplugs) would be that while they're sealing, mine have the earphones attached to the ear mold feeding sound through a small "tunnel".

I do know many pilots who use the Telex 750 lightweight headsets also use earplugs underneath, then crank the volume up so it isolates everything but the intercom and radios. I'm sure it would be very similar with a helmet.
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Post by takeone » Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:11 pm

LD beat me to it...was just about to post the same photo.
I also noticed the custom fit on the ear.

Well, another question answered!!

Thanks everyone.
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Post by STRIKER » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:23 pm

I've used CEPs with my helmet for years and couldn't think flying without them. In a combat environment with a million people on comms it's important to pickup the important stuff and dismiss the junk on all the radios.
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Post by Teej » Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:00 pm

On plugs in general, I'm diggin' the Surefire plugs that Panther & another friend recommended.

Much more comfy than foamies.
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