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Learning survival with the US Air Force (BBC)

Thurday, 24 January
By Frank Gardner
BBC News, Spokane, Washington
USAF training school

In the frozen forests of America's far north-west, the US Air Force (USAF) is busy training its crews for the unthinkable: escaping from a downed aircraft behind enemy lines while being hunted down.

It's midwinter here and this is where the latest recruits are being put through their survival training.

Ducking and dodging between fir trees weighed down with snow, stumbling and falling in their outsize snowshoes, while learning how to signal to rescue aircraft without being detected.

We're dealing with people that aren't conventional, they didn't sign the Geneva Conventions

M/Sgt Stephen Philby

This is what they call "SERE" training - survival, evasion, resistance and escape.

The USAF has been putting its aircrews through it ever since the Korean War in the 1950s.

Added: Jan-26-2008 
By: bellava
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