Military Aircraft Personnel at Risk of Developing Mesothelioma Due to Asbestos Exposure
Military personnel of all generations of those still living have been at risk of asbestos exposure in many settings. World War II veterans, Korean War veterans, Vietnam veterans, Iraq veterans and Afghanistan veterans (as well as those still in active service) all have had asbestos exposure risk factors at work in their military service.
Asbestos in aircraft has resulted in mesothelioma and other health risks for members of the armed forces who have come in contact with:
- Heat shields
One prime example of an asbestos-contaminated environment that has had an impact on many members of the armed forces is that of military aircraft. Examples of military aircraft have included:
- Fighter aircraft
- Naval carrier aircraft
- Search and rescue planes
- Transport aircraft
- Float planes
- Night fighters
- Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
Anyone in All Branches of the Armed Forces May Have Been Exposed
While Air Force veterans come to mind when we think of military aircraft, in fact, members of all branches of the armed forces have been in military aircraft environments. This includes members of the Air Force, the Army, the Navy, the Marines and the Coast Guard. Some work more often on ships or on land, but travel from one station to another often takes place in military aircraft.
Furthermore, it is often civilians who manufacture military aircraft. Workers in aircraft manufacturing companies such as Boeing Civilian and members of the armed forces have both been at risk of exposure during manufacture and operation of military aircraft. Aircraft mechanics have been at particular risk. Asbestos brake linings, asbestos-coated wires and asbestos fabrics used as insulation have all put members of the military at risk.
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