U.S. Air Force Survival Training Film “Survival Stresses” 1961This classic 1961 United States Air Force training film, Survival Stresses (TF 1-5375), is designed to introduce members of the Air Force to the stresses of survival, prompt them to think about the stresses and how they would react to them, and encourage the servicemen to prepare for properly handling such stresses. The film begins with a flameout followed by an ejection from an F-106 Delta Dart. The film then moves to a classroom, and the instructor uses a combination of lecturers and other Air Force training films to give a broad introduction to the various survival stresses.
A short training film depicting the emergency ejection and 45 hours of raw survival by Lt. Edward Stewart (00:33) starts off the lecture. The instructor covers the stresses of survival—fatigue, dehydration, hunger, and others—using clips from training films to highlight various situations, stresses, and how to combat them.
The topics the instructor lectures on, supplementing with training films, are: stresses from dessert environments with Sun, Sand, Survival (05:58); artic or cold stresses (11:35) with tips on how to stay warm (15:25); overcoming hunger and its consequences (16:45) as well as dealing with fear (25:42) from Jungle Survival; and coping with injury and shock (22:30) and fear (26:45) in Deep Sea Survival.