Originally Posted by buzzard767
A little OT for a projector thread but want to show where the "practical" limit lies. I used to take my O2 mask off while cruising in Marine Corps jets at 35,000'. Cockpit pressure is around 18,500 (don't remember the exact number) and I had just enough time to 1) smoke an unfiltered Pall Mall, 2) stuff it into a band aid box which was my makeshift ash tray, and zip the box in it's flight suit pocket. At this point I could feel hypoxia settling in and needed to go back on 100% O2. Let's just say it was a fighter pilot's way of doing dope.
I just finished giving my son a lecture about the craziness of smoking, I sit down rather disgruntled, feeling my words are probably a waste of time and then then first thing I see is this post . Thanks for the laugh, I needed it. Very envious of the job, certainly not of the habit. It made me recall form the 80's when flying one fine summer day shortly after my solo flight. I did indeed smoke at the time and remembered the pure satisfaction of that one and only smoke I ever had while flying. Actually, I also do remember a single night flight where the instructor purposely flew me high enough until I experienced
hypoxia. We did not have oxygen, but at the time I was to young to know the stupidity of what was going on and so it was a hoot.
I don't smoke now, and never will again....I finally have that conviction . Hate the smell of cigarettes but still love the smell of pipe and some cigars. Nicotine is the most addictive chemical out there even more so than cocaine, hard to believe isn't it? Now to work on prying that Monkey off my sons back.
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