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A river valley in southern Italy. It could get uncomfortably hot in the Vulcan's cabin at low-level in warmer regions because the conditioning was designed for high-level. Crews could wear an AVS (air ventilated suit) under the flying suit and there was an 'Aertex'-type flying suit produced with the ventilation pipework built into it though I only saw one once. But since the 'ventilation' was warm, its use was of no value at low-level so a mod was introduced that sucked air from the suit, the flow of which across a sweaty body helped marginally. I believe water-cooled suits were tried and I recall an ex-NEAF aircraft with punkah louvres that might have been part of the same mod.
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