SPOKANE, Wash. – Air Force pilots training to survive at Fairchild Air Base were accompanied by some apprentices featured on Thursday, three NASA astronauts.
The exercise was designed for pilots to learn how to survive in the water if they ever need to rescue from a flight. A total of 33 apprentices participated in the simulation, which marked the third trip from NASA to Fairchild.
The bottom of the base is tailored for survival training in water and offers students a realistic view of a nightmare situation, with strong waves, wind and rain.
Astronaut and Navy commander Victor Glover said that while the astronauts were going through the same training as the Air Force pilots with them, they will undergo different tests.
"Now you're going to have the effects of being in space for a couple of weeks or up to six months," Glover said. . "What you are going to degrade your skills and it's almost like being in a first aid situation like what you are being taught here."
Glover said he has completed the necessary training to be eligible for a call to his first-ever mission. Now, he's focused on keeping his skills sharp so he can be ready when the time comes.