Suits - Wilbur Franks
The first workable anti-gravity suit
or flight suit, was developed by a Canadian team led by Doctor
Wilbur Franks in 1941. However, G-suits for non-aviation purposes have
been around since 1906, when Doctor George Crile invented a G-suit
to treat shock. The Franks Flying Suit Mark II (FFS Mk II) was the world's
first "G" (gravity) suit used in combat. This flight suit was invented
by Canadian Wilbur Franks in 1941 to prevent pilot blackout from high acceleration
Wilbur Franks also co-invented the
RCAF Human Centrifuge which was used to stimulate G-forces at high speeds,
to train pilots in maneuvering combat aircraft under G-force pressure.
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Wilbur Franks - Biography
University of Toronto physiologist
Wilbur Franks' research resulted in the world's first anti-gravity suit.
Flight suits used by today's astronauts are a direct descendant.
March 4, 1901 - January 4, 1986
Birth Place: Weston, Ontario
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