YF-16 tests pressure suit

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Can anyone give a clue why there was a need to use such SR-71-style pressure suit during YF-16 flight tests? Some extreme altitude tests?
 

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Probably zoom-climb testing. Joe Bill Dryden, the F-16 test pilot who used to write for Code One and was killed in an accident in 1994 (I think) wrote that one operational pilot had zoom-climbed an F-16 to "way up there" but was in extreme danger without a pressure suit.
 

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