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The Nation

June 24, 1986

The Air Force is testing use of drugs, chiefly Pyirdostigmine bromide, that it hopes can improve fighter pilots' tolerance of extraordinary gravity forces, Aviation Week & Space Technology reported. The magazine said that the aim of the experiments, at Brooks Air Force Base, Tex., is to find a fast-acting, short-term means of elevating a pilot's blood pressure to offset the effect of blood leaving the brain during high-speed flight maneuvers.

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