Insect Survival in Jet Aircraft1,2
Author: SULLIVAN, W. N.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 51, Number 2, April 1958 , pp. 239-241(3)
Publisher: Entomological Society of America
Abstract:To find out if insects will survive the low temperatures, reduce pressure, and low humidity in the stratosphere where jet aircraft operate, several species were exposed in the unpressurized and essentially unheated sections of jet fighters and bombers during flights. A high mortality was obtained in 45- to 55-minute high-level flights of jet fighters except in the radar compartment, where heat from electronic equipment gave protection. In a jet bomber all the insects were killed on a 3-hour flight at 40,000 feet (outside air temperature -51.) and in two of three flights of 2 to 2 hours at 35,000 to 40,000 feet. Shorter flights at that altitude or long flights at low altitudes gave reduced kills.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 1958
- Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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