Passenger O2 trivia (was: Cabin environment on long haul...)

From:         ehahn@bass.mitre.org (Ed Hahn)
Organization: The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Va.
Date:         03 Nov 95 02:51:34 
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>In article <airliners.1995.1667@ohare.Chicago.COM> Steve Lacker <slacker@arlut.utexas.edu> writes:

>   Oxygen (as in bottled O2) is only fed to the drop-down masks in an
>   emergency, I believe.

Interestingly, widebody and newer narrow body aircraft use perchlorate
candles to provide emergency oxygen to the passenger masks.  (A
similar system provides emergency O2 on submarines.)

Oxygen bottles are much heavier and require much more maintenance
compared with the chemical oxygen system.

ed

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Really, I wouldn't kid you about a thing like this.