What happens to pilots at high gravitational forces?

Uploaded on Thursday 11 October 2018


For fighter pilots to maintain their composure during aerial combat, they must undergo training at high gravitational forces (G-forces). Aggressive manoeuvres at high speed drain the blood from a pilot’s head with centrifugal force – so while they’re tracking their target and flying the aircraft, they’re clinging to consciousness.

Poland’s first female fighter pilot, Lt Katarzyna Tomiak-Siemieniewicz, undergoes high G-force centrifuge training at a specialist facility in Poland.

Footage includes Lt Tomiak-Siemieniewicz inside a high G-force centrifuge, and an interview about changes she feels at various levels of G-force.


Language: English

Country: Belgium