"The Baker Backsaver"
Race Driver Protection System
Improves Driver Performance
Now Available In Two Sizes
The Baker Backsaver Cushion Increases Pilot Comfort, Limits Shock Impact In Aircraft Seats
When the pilots in Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 162 complained of significant back pain after four to six hours of flight time in the CH - 46 Sea Knight helicopter seats, the squadron began a search for seat cushion material that would minimize the discomfort caused by long - range missions.
"While on deployment at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, we discussed our pilot's back problems with the flight surgeon there and learned that a number of F - 111 fighter pilots experiencing the same problems had begun using seat cushions made of the Backsaver material," says Major J.D. Bales. " The pilots found that the cushions reduce their discomfort and fatigue, even during missions of eight hours or more."
Bales also learned that the Air Force Strategic Air Command had obtained similar results during flight tests of the Backsaver foam cushions. Bales flight - tested several seat configurations and arrived at an optimum design that uses an extra piece of foam for lumbar spine support.
"The results have been excellent", Bales reports. " The Backsaver cushions not only have eliminated virtually all of the pilot's back problems, but have also reduced the helicopter vibrations that contribute to fatigue".