Quoting Terry Hanlon, a senior executive on the Eurofighter project, The Times reported how the newly-named Typhoon has been designed with female pilots in mind, not least because of European equal opportunity legislation. Hanlon's assertion that the semi-reclined seat design had been proven on the centrifuge, when one girl, who was only five feet four inches 'chatted away quite normally under 9g-force conditions' was met swiftly by the response of one (presumably unreconstructed) male Times reader. 'To many a husband this will come as no surprise' wrote a Mr R C Swindlehurst. 'My wife is able to chat in a wide variety of extreme conditions and I feel that not only would she be able to do so at 9g but she would be able to complete her shopping list'.
Source: Pilot magazine, October 2000.
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