half of the container houses an emergency oxygen
assembly. The lower half contains the one-man life raft
and survival equipment container. The life raft is
released, during parachute descent, by pulling the
release handle. The lower half of the container drops
away under the weight of the raft and equipment. A
drop lanyard is attached between the upper and lower
containers. The lanyard automatically inflates the raft
and equipment to the upper container. The upper half of
the RSSK stays attached to the survivor.
The life raft and many of the survival items
supplied in the RSSK (table 11-1) have already been
described. Only those items that have not been covered
are described in the following paragraphs.
Table 11-1.Life Raft and Survival Kit Items
Distress Signal (Day/Night)
Mk 124 Mod 0
Survival Radio or Beacon
Canned Water 10 oz.
Opener, Can, Hand
Nylon Cord, Type I, 50-Foot
Space Blanket 3 oz.
BAILING SPONGE.The bailing sponge may
be used to catch rainwater, to bail a raft, for personal
hygiene, and for other purposes under survival
110-pound test nylon cord is provided for securing
items to the raft and for a fishing line.
KET.The space blanket (fig. 11-20) is 84 inches long
by 56 inches wide and weighs 3 ounces. The blankets
are either orange/silver or olive drab/silver colored.
The blankets are made of aluminized plastic. They
provide warmth and protection against the elements,
GROUND/AIR EMERGENCY CODE CARD.
The GND/AIR emergency code card (fig. 11-21)
acknowledgments, display signals, and body signals.
Use these signals if communications equipment is not
operable, no communication equipment is available, or
if radio silence is required.
MULTIPLACE LIFE RAFTS
When the crew and passenger capacity of an
aircraft make the one-man life raft impractical,
multiplace life rafts have been provided. The CO2
inflated multiplace rafts are made in four sizes. They
are equipped with provisions to support 4, 7, 12, or 20
people for 24 hours.
Multiplace life rafts are stowed in the wing, engine
nacelle, and outside fuselage compartments. They are
compartment door is released. The life raft is tied to the
aircraft by a breakable painter line. Droppable life rafts
are carried inside the aircraft. They are inflated only
after being removed or dropped from the aircraft. To
inflate the life raft, pull the inflation assembly actuating
handle located on one end of the carrying case.
The 4-, 7-, and 12-man life rafts are similar in
design. Only the 7-man and the 20-man rafts will be
discussed in the following paragraphs.
Blanket, Combat, Casualty (56" x 96")
SPACE brand NORTON Metallized Products Division
37 East St., Winchester, Mass. 01890
1. Remove and open to full 96" length.
2. Tuck approximately 12" underside of user.
3. Continue to spread, tucking sides in to
provide warmth and waterproofness.
4. If excessively windy, the blanket may be
held in place with adhesive tape.
Figure 11-20.Combat casualty (space) blanket.