I've been out over 21 years and still remember the complete sequence of ejection for seats, including those fitted with rocket packs and also the Buccaneer that had the underwater seat release mechanism (didn't last long). In my day everyone in the FAA had to know this and it was drummed into you. Bet you remember the crash crew carrying a large pin for the rescuer to insert while recovering the aircrew.Handler said:Yes Slim, I believe it was the drougue pin, one of the 3 places where safety pins were fitted .
Although not of your era slim, I was told about this on my first seat lecture on 899 when I joined in 1983, I believe it had only occured a few years before.slim said:From my days in the FAA the only people who used to get hurt by bang seats were armourers.
The ejector seat bus which travelled to all air stations to give refresher lectures had an ejector seat drogue. The drogue is a parachute which is attached to the seat and automatically fires on ejection. The parachute is there to stabilise the seat. Attached to the parachute line is a cylinder made of metal, this is fired out by a cartridge and deploys the chute. The particular drogue and line had passed through an armourers head, amazingly the armourer lived to tell the tale. I'm sure that Higs, and other Wafus of my era will remember this.