ejection seat stories

Old_Hand

Lantern Swinger
Two stories I heard dueing my service time. 1. Air Day at Yeovilton - Following air display Harrier taxis onto apron and stops. Pilot opens canopy and starts to get out by standing on seat, stops and waves to the crowd, contiues to get out and pulls the seat handle with his foot. Reports were that he was deceased by the time he started to come down again. 2. At the School Of Aircraft Handling at RNAS Culdrose they had a area marked out as the flight deck of an aircraft carrier where the handlers did there training before going onboard. They used to use old Seahawks to do the training. Story was that a young AE or similar was working on the seat of one of the aircraft when it activated and the drog chute deployed causing the metal pin to enter through his eyeball and to partially exit through his skull.
 

Daktari

Banned
sgtpepperband said:
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:
Now Now Sgt!!! You know the routine .. we're paid for what we know .. not what we do!!!!
 
When I was at BRNC on of the DOs had reputedly banged out from a Scimitar which had a low boost of the catapult. He waited for the carrier to pass over him before ejecting. If true very cool.
 

scouse

War Hero
maxi 77 cant find any Scimitar broken cat launch ejections but it did happen twice to L/T CDR Lyn Middleton 1956 HMS Eagle Seahwks 897/899 squdron and the ship did pass over him/ best wishes scouse
 

slim

War Hero
Maxi_77 said:
When I was at BRNC on of the DOs had reputedly banged out from a Scimitar which had a low boost of the catapult. He waited for the carrier to pass over him before ejecting. If true very cool.
See Maxi you always knew that wafu's wanted to be submariners
 
Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet crashed in Paris Air show 1989 both crew eject and no one was hurt.

Well no one was hurt by the ejection or landing but my ace informant who was present with another large company showing off its wares tells me that the Navigator/2nd hand ran across to his pilot and screamed in Russian the equivalent of "You stupid fecking flash cnut, you nearly killed me" and smacked the pilot breaking his jaw. The only injury sustained together with the hurt pride.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL2oiW96PEE

Can't seem to put video's in like pictures so double click or cut and paste.
 
Old_Hand said:
Two stories I heard dueing my service time. 1. Air Day at Yeovilton - Following air display Harrier taxis onto apron and stops. Pilot opens canopy and starts to get out by standing on seat, stops and waves to the crowd, contiues to get out and pulls the seat handle with his foot. Reports were that he was deceased by the time he started to come down again. 2. At the School Of Aircraft Handling at RNAS Culdrose they had a area marked out as the flight deck of an aircraft carrier where the handlers did there training before going onboard. They used to use old Seahawks to do the training. Story was that a young AE or similar was working on the seat of one of the aircraft when it activated and the drog chute deployed causing the metal pin to enter through his eyeball and to partially exit through his skull.
before my time but the airday dit is true - will try and find out from some oldies when and who - think early 80's
 

seafarer1939

War Hero
We were planeguard for some carrier[to my shame I forget which but I was 17 on my first ship[Chichester 1959 ish] when a plane went over.Off went the whaleboat and the pilot ejected 20 odd feet under the oggin[maybe more I forget] up he came and said "Good morning Chaps!"
Started back happily then the shock came in and he trembled/shivered etc.
Most would have had a coronary.Had a lot of respect for that occifer.
 

Richie

Lantern Swinger
Old_Hand said:
Two stories I heard dueing my service time. 1. Air Day at Yeovilton - Following air display Harrier taxis onto apron and stops. Pilot opens canopy and starts to get out by standing on seat, stops and waves to the crowd, contiues to get out and pulls the seat handle with his foot. Reports were that he was deceased by the time he started to come down again. 2. At the School Of Aircraft Handling at RNAS Culdrose they had a area marked out as the flight deck of an aircraft carrier where the handlers did there training before going onboard. They used to use old Seahawks to do the training. Story was that a young AE or similar was working on the seat of one of the aircraft when it activated and the drog chute deployed causing the metal pin to enter through his eyeball and to partially exit through his skull.
Load of rubbish - I was on the "Dummy Deck" for many years as a maintainer with Seahawks, Gannets, Sea Vixens, Hunters and Gnats running around live, but none of them had ejections seats that were armed, the Simiters, Buccs and Wessex were just empty airframes. After I left the "andrew" lifex Harriers were moved in for the chockheads to play with, they also had their ejections seats disarmed.
 

slim

War Hero
shag_shacker said:
Old_Hand said:
. 2. At the School Of Aircraft Handling at RNAS Culdrose they had a area marked out as the flight deck of an aircraft carrier where the handlers did there training before going onboard. They used to use old Seahawks to do the training. Story was that a young AE or similar was working on the seat of one of the aircraft when it activated and the drog chute deployed causing the metal pin to enter through his eyeball and to partially exit through his skull.
I believe that the second dit has been mixed up with a true story.
For those of us long enough in the tooth to remember the Ejection Seat Bus run from Seafield Park (Lee on Solent) and visited ALL air stations.
During it's visit All wafu's had to attend the ejection seat lecture (this happened many times during my career). Now the bus contained an ejection seat (unarmed) and also a few other bits of memorabilia, including a drogue attached to a length of nylon cord. The cord was stained with blood. It seems that an armourer while removing the seat neglected to disconnect the static line attached to the drogue, hence seat lifted, drogue fired large lump of metal entered armourers head through eye and exited through skull. The armourer lived to tell the tale. he was medically discharged and moved to Portsmouth. Some years later he was to appear in court on some pornography charge, his defence was that his judgement had been impaired by his injury. Did he get off, don't know, the miserable instructors never told us the end of the dit.
 
scouse said:
maxi 77 cant find any Scimitar broken cat launch ejections but it did happen twice to L/T CDR Lyn Middleton 1956 HMS Eagle Seahwks 897/899 squdron and the ship did pass over him/ best wishes scouse
Wrong plane right man, mind you after more than 40 years of pickling my brain that's not too bad.
 
Nutty said:
Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet crashed in Paris Air show 1989 both crew eject and no one was hurt.

Well no one was hurt by the ejection or landing but my ace informant who was present with another large company showing off its wares tells me that the Navigator/2nd hand ran across to his pilot and screamed in Russian the equivalent of "You stupid fecking flash cnut, you nearly killed me" and smacked the pilot breaking his jaw. The only injury sustained together with the hurt pride.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL2oiW96PEE

Can't seem to put video's in like pictures so double click or cut and paste.
Remember weatching that at the time, didn't see the pilot /observer scuffle, too far away but it was very dramatic
 

buffer01

Lantern Swinger
slim said:
shag_shacker said:
Old_Hand said:
. 2. At the School Of Aircraft Handling at RNAS Culdrose they had a area marked out as the flight deck of an aircraft carrier where the handlers did there training before going onboard. They used to use old Seahawks to do the training. Story was that a young AE or similar was working on the seat of one of the aircraft when it activated and the drog chute deployed causing the metal pin to enter through his eyeball and to partially exit through his skull.
I believe that the second dit has been mixed up with a true story.
For those of us long enough in the tooth to remember the Ejection Seat Bus run from Seafield Park (Lee on Solent) and visited ALL air stations.
During it's visit All wafu's had to attend the ejection seat lecture (this happened many times during my career). Now the bus contained an ejection seat (unarmed) and also a few other bits of memorabilia, including a drogue attached to a length of nylon cord. The cord was stained with blood. It seems that an armourer while removing the seat neglected to disconnect the static line attached to the drogue, hence seat lifted, drogue fired large lump of metal entered armourers head through eye and exited through skull. The armourer lived to tell the tale. he was medically discharged and moved to Portsmouth. Some years later he was to appear in court on some pornography charge, his defence was that his judgement had been impaired by his injury. Did he get off, don't know, the miserable instructors never told us the end of the dit.
Bloody hell Slim, I can remember that seat. Don't recall seeing it on a bus, I'm sure it was in ETS at Vl in the 80's.

On another note, I remember working with PO fitter who had a SHAR canopy go off in his face. If memory serves me, there weren't any stowages for the harnesses and on this occcasion, they were thrown over the top of the seat. When Kim pushed the canopy shut, they were caught between the microswitch and the top of the seat and perspex blew up in his face. Very lucky not to be blinded from that little incident. On cold days he used to be able to pull slivers of perspex out of his face where they'd been vaporised and spattered him.
 

seafarer1939

War Hero
think Centaur rings a bell but as a sprog it was all new to me.I wasn't on the whaler but it was the talk of the ship.
Bit of a blur now but I do remember the awe from all that a pilot could eject underwater.
Still don't understand any of it, saw a few smashes on the Vic. but never knew anything about ejection.
After training on the Ocean I could not believe seeing a real carrier at work.
Cheers
 

Seaweed

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Fifty years ago there was an ejection seat trainer at Lee - mandatory trip for Sub Lts before going on their Air course (at Brawdy ex Ford) where we would be stooged around in Vampires. It was sited in an apple orchard and one got one run on the thing. On my day a 2/Lt RM got stuck right at the top and the seat had to be hand-winched down a sort of rack and pinon thing. A good day out, starting with our three Canadians getting their huge car stuck on the Gosport car ferry, totally blocking off everyone else..
 

sulzer

Lantern Swinger
Underwater Ejection: I was in EAGLE in autumn 55 on 813 NAS (Westland Wywerns) and I met a pilot on the squadron who had been under the ship while it passed overhead. t was I believe the first of this type of escape (date 54/55)
 

scouse

War Hero
sulzer believe it was 54 /HMS Albion L/T Bruce Macfarlane from a Wyvern from813 squadron in the Med ? scouse
 
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