Loadmaster airmen can reconfigure the belly of these aircraft to accommodate seats or stacked, bunk-bed-like cots for personnel transport. In cases of aeromedical evacuation, crews can even construct a portable medical care system, turning the inside of the aircraft into a makeshift emergency room. Each plane can set up as many bunk bed-like litters as it can hold, but also balanced with how many seats are available for ambulatory patients.
Engineers first took geometric scans within each aircraft to determine internal compartment scale, which would help them recreate similar models via computer-aided design. Then, multiple tests were done while in flight and also on the ground aided by experts from the 711th HPW within the Air Force Research Lab.
An aircrew member tasked with the safe loading, transport and unloading of aerial cargoes.
Human Performance Wing.
The HPW's mission is to advance human performance in air, space and cyberspace.