well, i saw that someone beat me to it, talking about how astronauts wear diapers or, diaper like underwear. but i thought i would talk about fighter pilots and their need to use the bathroom.
originally, fighter pilots didnt need to worry about using the restroom in flight because their flights werent that long. however, as time went on, flights got longer and pilots struggled to stay in flight for long periods of time.
Pilots first used to hold their bladder for long periods of time, causing discomfort and eventually leading to incontinence . the air force first tried to solve this problem by giving the pilots a cup to pee into. this, however, required the pilot to unbuckle his seat belt, and remove his jumpsuit. doing this, has caused two reported crashes. one of them was caused by the seat belt catching on the flight stick.
soon after, the air force started using catheter devices, which was painful and uncomfortable. this did not work out so well.
then, a company invented this thing called the piddle pack. this was a bag with a zipper that the pilots could pee into and a chemical in the back would turn the urine into gelatin. these devices also cause conflict with the uniforms as well as with females.
since females were becoming more common pilots, they needed to use a funnel to aim the urine into the bag. the difficulty of this task prevented pilots to be able to use the piddle pack. other ideas were soon developed.
the newest idea was the oldest invention. the conventional incontinence device, or diaper. pilots had no problem wearing one, since it was either that or pee your pants. the diaper was a common replacement for the piddle pack, since most pilots did not want to use the device.
finally, a company called Omni medical systems created a product called the AMXD (advanced mission extender device). this product closely resembles a pair of boxer briefs. this has a cup for guys and a sanitary pad like design for females. it also has a unit that is about the size of a vhs box. it controls the pump that forces the urine into the collection bag. the whole unit costs about 2000USD and is still being tested and hasnt been released to the whole pilot brigade, pilots are still wearing diapers for their bladder needs.
in the end, most fighter pilots these days, as manly or strong as they might be, still wear diapers. people need to know that we DLs just want to be more like our war heros in the air force and wear diapers.
(i am sorry that i dont have dates of inventions and what not, it isnt a commonly talked about thing. its like, why dont people in tv shows ever have to use the restroom .
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