ejection seat stories

scouse

War Hero
we had a naval airman (o) in the FAA in the sixties named Shrimpton who accidentally pulled the black/yellow seat blind handle whilst he was serviceing the seat with the pins out he just got out of the cockpit area in time with the seat clipping him as he dived out of the way whilst the seat was making its way into the hangar roof at a great rate of knots. his nickname in the navy from then on was THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE ? any slower he wouldnt have had the title/ regards scouse
 

Chaz

MIA
I remember being on the Invincible in 92 making a southerly transit of the Red Sea. I was an LRO(G) at the time scrubbing out on the POS on the bridge wing. We'd all taken a break to watch the Harriers coming in when all of a sudden one actually somehow managed to miss the flight deck as it was attempting to land. We all stood there in astonishment.. even more amazingly the pilot managed to eject before the aircraft hit the oggin. It turned out the pilot was a young RAF Flt Lt!!!

A few days later we had the "Crossing the line" ceremony and the aforesaid RAF pilot hadn't done the deed before so as he was hauled before King Neptune & Co he was charged with 'ditching 7 tonnes of useless scrap metal in the Red Sea!!"
 

slim

War Hero
764 Squadron 1969.
Pre leave and armurers were removing the ejection seats for servicing during the leav period. Some bright spark decided the most efficient way of doing it was in two teams. the first team preparig the seats for lifting, and the second (all big lads) lifting the seats from the aircraft. Suddenly there was a loud bang, the first team had neglected to detatch the drogue line, the secondteam had not checked, result as the seat was lifted the drogue fired, narrowly missing he armourer lifting the seat from the top.
He was extremely lucky, not so the PO supervisor who lost his rate.
 
scouse said:
we had a naval airman (o) in the FAA in the sixties named Shrimpton who accidentally pulled the black/yellow seat blind handle whilst he was serviceing the seat with the pins out he just got out of the cockpit in time with the seat clipping him as he dived out of the way whilst the seat was making its way into the hangar roof at a great rate of knots. his nickname in the navy from then on was THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE ? any slower he wouldnt have had the title/ regards scouse
let me get this right - One NA(O) is in the cockpit servicing the seat and off it goes,

start the clock

thinking time - 100 milliseconds is the limit of thinking time so lets say 200 miliseconds

muscle tensioning time - another 50 milliseconds and thats also very quick according to the medical journals.

he then has to actually move out of the way - this we can only guess at - however we can say that it will take more than 100 miliseconds to go anywhere from a standing start.

so we have a time of at least 350 ms.

right then

a current ejection seat goes from start to hanging in under 2 seconds and is clear of the aircraft in under 300 ms. lets take an early ejection seat - the Mk 1 MB seat has a detatching speed of 32 feet per sec per sec. that means that after 1 second he is 32 feet 2 seconds he is now 96 feet dismissing all other factors. so after even the thinking time he will have moved enough to squash your mate.

sorry - another myth debunked

finally as one who has seen a drogue go off in a hangar and a seat go off at sea (anyone else there for the ozzy pilot ejecting - i remember he came down the hangar about midnight absolutely w*nkered)- it is extremely f*cking loud and scares you shitle55. no time to do anything accept die.

the other story about someone setting off a seat and the sheltering in the footwells is also absolute twaddle
 

GashHand

Midshipman
Not much of a dit...As the line Greenie on 801 back in '92, i was sat in the cockpit when i noticed none of the the pins were fitted.

Ok, it was my fault, inasmuch as i hadn't checked before getting in.

But what pissed me off, was when presented before the SP,whose cab it was.He proceeded to bollock ME for getting into his aircraft with dirty boots.

Fat cnut.
 

scouse

War Hero
to shag shaker aka Mr Martin Baker SHRIMPTOM was actually on the ladder on the side of the aircraft and not in the cockpit //ps seen a few a ejections myself oppo/scouse
 
scouse said:
to shag shaker aka Mr Martin Baker SHRIMPTOM was actually on the ladder on the side of the aircraft and not in the cockpit //ps seen a few a ejections myself oppo/scouse
all right shippers i'll let you rest your pussers case, if he was on the ladder then he was bloody lucky- what happened to the canopy on that aircraft mdc / ejection canopy, was it fitted, did he sustain any facial injuries from the rocket pack efflux.

PS I'm a grubber - dont go near the bloody things
 

scouse

War Hero
to shag shacker their was 3 pins to take out in the mk1 buccs 1 face blind 2seat pan 3 canopy the first through canopy ejection was 64 if i remember L/T Tristram/L/T Mathews all the other /ones before must have blown the canopy first but i stand corrected /because i know how pusser you are/best regards scouse
 

scouse

War Hero
t o shag shacker no he didnt sustain any facial injures from the rocket pack efflux as it wasnt invented then on buccaneer seats neither was their the the option of under water ejection that was much later on in the FAA regards scouse
 

slim

War Hero
There are photographs of a Buccaneer of 800 squadron embarked in Eagle 1965 flying without Aircrew present. The seat rails can be seen extended and of course their is no canopy. Seemingly the aircrew US exchange pilot and observer names of Chase & Martley witnessed this from the flight deck after they were recovered. This happenned shortly before I joined Eagle and as I heard it a pipe was made to the effect that a controlled ejection was to tak place and ships company were invited to watch it.
The same guy told me that the fligh deck cleared extremely quickly when the aircraft banked and headed towards the ship, luckily it missed.
 
RAF pilot (Squadron Leader) at Gütersloh in the 80s, tried to exit the a/c after landing, forgot about the seat pins. Was promptly reminded as him and seat rose about 300 ft, unfortunately as he was strapped in the landing was a bit hard. Didn't make that mistake again ----or any others.
Took the BoI some time to work out how he managed it, apparently the accident was a fluke. Still didn't help the pilot much though.
 
The story of the airman who initiated a seat whilst in a Hunter cockpit is well enshrined in RAF folkore. Unfortunately the dit lacks minor details like Sqn, Station, name of individual etc, which means the dit is probably a load of b0ll0cks. Still entertaining though.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Not sure whether the dit is true, but I worked with a CPOMA (stark staring bonkers incidentally, but then, aren't they all?) who worked for a short time in aviation medicine before joining me in FOST NBCD mobile training team.

We were idly chatting about this business of whether or not you physically shrunk upon ejecting and whether it was true that if you ejected twice, the pilot was effectively grounded.

He reckoned that he'd come across a FAA pilot that was still operational and was the only serving woo who had ejected twice & lived to tell the tale. He went on to say his Flying Logbook was an excellent read.

I had visions of an entry written: "Ah well, still no sign of the enemeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!" followed by a big diagonal line across the page.

Twice.
 
Ninja_Stoker said:
Not sure whether the dit is true, but I worked with a CPOMA (stark staring bonkers incidentally, but then, aren't they all?) who worked for a short time in aviation medicine before joining me in FOST NBCD mobile training team.

We were idly chatting about this business of whether or not you physically shrunk upon ejecting and whether it was true that if you ejected twice, the pilot was effectively grounded.

He reckoned that he'd come across a FAA pilot that was still operational and was the only serving woo who had ejected twice & lived to tell the tale. He went on to say his Flying Logbook was an excellent read.

I had visions of an entry written: "Ah well, still no sign of the enemeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!" followed by a big diagonal line across the page.

Twice.
i dont think you were automatically grounded but you did shrink by at least an inch due to spine comporession. i think twice is enough for any Jonah
 

scouse

War Hero
Ninja their was a couple of guys who ejected twice in my time in the FAA and lived to tell the tail L/T Bill Hart from a Sea Vixen L/T CDR White from a Buccaneer(who we nicknamed the ejction seat specialist ) and sadly their was a great guy at Lossie who ejected 3 times/ twice from a Scimitar and once fom a Hunter where he died from his injures his name was L/T Zibignew Skordoski ( nicnamed Buzz for short )
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Ninja_Stoker said:
Not sure whether the dit is true, but I worked with a CPOMA (stark staring bonkers incidentally, but then, aren't they all?) who worked for a short time in aviation medicine before joining me in FOST NBCD mobile training team...
Now I know that dit is bollocks - you said the CPOMA was "working"?! 8O :wink:
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
scouse said:
Ninja their was a couple of guys who ejected twice in my time in the FAA and lived to tell the tail L/T Bill Hart from a Sea Vixen L/T CDR White from a Buccaneer(who we nicknamed the ejction seat specialist ) and sadly their was a great guy at Lossie who ejected 3 times/ twice from a Scimator and once fom a Hunter where he died from his injures his name was L/T Zibignew Skordoski ( nicnamed Buzz for short )
Hmmn, obviously a duff dit from a CPOMA eh?

(Bet the pilot wasn't even writing in his log book when he ejected either.)
 
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