The USAF is preparing for possible mass MEDEVAC of coronavirus-infected patients by testing whether it can transport dozens of people onboard its aircraft without first isolating them in containment capsules.
Earlier this month, Air Mobility Command, in tandem with researchers from two other Research Institute at the University of Nebraska and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, conducted weeklong airflow experiments on six different aircraft. The goal was to analyze how air travels through a cargo hold using specialized, traceable droplets.
The researchers released polystyrene latex microspheres roughly one to three microns in size to simulate the size of the novel coronavirus. The particles had a signature, so they could be tracked whenever they traveled within the plane.
A space for carrying cargo.
MEDEVAC is an emergency evacuation of the seriously sick or wounded with en route care provided by medical personnel.