ejection seat stories

I worked in the Aviation Medicine unit at Seafield Park during the 80s and yes it was possible to have your spine shrink by upto 3 inches directly after banging out, most of that was recovered over the following days/months but it was widely recognised that you would ultimately lose about an inch each time , therefore you were only allowed to eject three times before being grounded. There was at elast one Lt Cdr (I think) who was grounded.
With regard to the Armourer who had the drogue go off through his face it happened at Yeovil in the 70s, all the gear was left in place on the floor and the whole camp was made to walk passed to remind them that Ejection Seats are dangerous. The chap in question was left a cabbage and was eventually run over by a bus some years later.
Back in 60s (?) there was a rig that all aircrew had to use that simulated the initial firing of the seat (ie before the rocket pack took over) but they stopped using because of all of the injuries that it caused.
 
Chaz said:
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!!"
What.......I was on Orient 92 as well. No Harriers were lost????? They were all onboard well before the Red Sea, actually before we hit Greece?????
 

rabbitman

Newbie
onCornishgolfer,

I was on the Invincible 91 & 92 and do seem to remember a Harrier ditching close by. He banged out almost level with the flight deck causing most of us on the flightdeck to either run like feck away from said noise or turn and stare. I think that the pilot brought the beer the squadron mess as thanks for his ejection seat working!
 
rabbitman said:
onCornishgolfer,

I was on the Invincible 91 & 92 and do seem to remember a Harrier ditching close by. He banged out almost level with the flight deck causing most of us on the flightdeck to either run like feck away from said noise or turn and stare. I think that the pilot brought the beer the squadron mess as thanks for his ejection seat working!



R Man. then it wasnt in the red sea as matey told the dit earlier, or in 1992. I joined the Invisible in Jan '92.

When they Shars embarked we did have one that over flew and went well below the flight deck line, wheels must have come close to the water, but we heard the engine scream at max power and he came back up ok.
 

slim

War Hero
Bloody armourers. Every time the aircrew banged out they bought the armourers a crate of beer. The armourers then strode around bragging that their seat worked. Well my Blue Parrot, Blue jacket and all my comms equipment worked on every flight, the aircrew never bought me a beer and I never bragged about my equipment working
 

Deckhead_Inspector

Lantern Swinger
I expect I've got some of this wrong but it is a tail worth telling. Senior pilot flying an F4 out off Lossie had a big problem. Could not get any response from his looker so decided to try to recover back to Lossie and not to eject. Sadly, just as the aircraft was over the perimeter fence he lost control and he banged out after the aircraft had roled through 90 degrees of bank. So he went head first into the concrete. Miraculously he survived though he has been confined to a wheel chair ever since. Ironically, I understand, that a post mortem revealled that the looker was already dead before the crash. I guess command ejection would have avoided the low level ejection but I understand it was not fitted.

Interestingly enough I have met people since who knew the pilot and some of them thought he was killed in the crash. He most definately was not and laterly worked as General Manager of a small airfield in Herefordshire where he was "affectionatly" known as "The Admiral". His third christian name being Nelson.
 

scouse

War Hero
deckhead inspector/9th Jan 89 Phantom xt 908 of 2280 cu 50 miles East of Dundee SQDN/LDR John David Nelson no ejection FLT/LT Gordon Moulds ejected best wishes Scouse
 
Just to bring a lighter note to this thread, I recall a great cartoon by Tugg showing young pilots chatting in the wardroom, not knowing that Cdr (A) was listening. Says one young pilot "Bangout? It's just like Cdr (A)'s rpc; not many there and over in a flash"
 

NoFaultFound

Badgeman
I remember the Drogue gun being fired off in the hangar on an 800 SHAR must have been 2001. 2 Pinkies working on a bit of kit behind the seat decided to remove a pip pin for access, (allegedly), and fired off the drogue. One of them was kneeling on the seat with the other on a ladder next to the cockpit, neither was hurt although the one in the cockpit had a ringing in his ears and soiled underwear. Typical Pinkies and on a Friday afternoon as well, lots of paperwork to do for that one trust me...
 
NoFaultFound said:
I remember the Drogue gun being fired off in the hangar on an 800 SHAR must have been 2001. 2 Pinkies working on a bit of kit behind the seat decided to remove a pip pin for access, (allegedly), and fired off the drogue. One of them was kneeling on the seat with the other on a ladder next to the cockpit, neither was hurt although the one in the cockpit had a ringing in his ears and soiled underwear. Typical Pinkies and on a Friday afternoon as well, lots of paperwork to do for that one trust me...
they blamed each other so none got done for it, had a good look around before the white ovvy brigade arrived

imo, both of em were complete c*nts before this happened.
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
cornishgolfer said:
rabbitman said:
onCornishgolfer,

I was on the Invincible 91 & 92 and do seem to remember a Harrier ditching close by. He banged out almost level with the flight deck causing most of us on the flightdeck to either run like feck away from said noise or turn and stare. I think that the pilot brought the beer the squadron mess as thanks for his ejection seat working!



R Man. then it wasnt in the red sea as matey told the dit earlier, or in 1992. I joined the Invisible in Jan '92.

When they Shars embarked we did have one that over flew and went well below the flight deck line, wheels must have come close to the water, but we heard the engine scream at max power and he came back up ok.
Jeez, all you old blokes have memories like sieves!!!

ZA 193 ditched alongside Invince on 25th August 1992, Lt Wilson of 800 NAS suffered an RCV failure but ejected safely.

And I thought I was losing memories of my time on 801 and 800, only been out a week! :thumright:
 

slim

War Hero
wardmaster said:
The really sad thing is that, not long from now, young matelots are going to be asking., "What's an ejection seat?"

No they all know it's No 3 trap, the one with the porno mags :thumright:
 

flynavy

Lantern Swinger
NoFaultFound said:
I remember the Drogue gun being fired off in the hangar on an 800 SHAR must have been 2001. 2 Pinkies working on a bit of kit behind the seat decided to remove a pip pin for access, (allegedly), and fired off the drogue. One of them was kneeling on the seat with the other on a ladder next to the cockpit, neither was hurt although the one in the cockpit had a ringing in his ears and soiled underwear. Typical Pinkies and on a Friday afternoon as well, lots of paperwork to do for that one trust me...
This is the horses mouth speaking (i was on the seat when it went off) me a killick and employed as the FSI was asked by the sporty PO to help him out because he couldnt get all his jobs done because he wanted to get to the gym/swimming pool as soon as. I had to kneel on the seat whilst i had to try and fit a rabbit lead to the Video black box (cant remember name of it - due to short term memory loss from this accident) whilst trying to get better access the PO thought it would be a good idea to turn on ground power. As i tried to disconnect a plug i leant over the side so another PO could give me some plug pliers, whilst i leaned over to one side the sporty PO was fiddling in the cockpit. He had removed himself by the time i got back in there, i was kneeling on the seat facing aft, got the plug pliers on the plug turned it and then BANG drogue fired up thru canopy, 9 inch bar of lead that aids its projection brushed along my neck leaving a nice burn mark (another millimetre closer it would have taken my head clean off) also with removing the plug i also suffered a 200volt electric shock through my right arm rupturing my carpal tunnel. The shock also lifted me and aided me in my collapse out of the cockpit and onto the floor in a snotty heap.

Got rushed to yeovil hospital and spent the day in traction was also deaf for 10 days. but was conscious long enough to get the nurse to write out my statement before i forgot anything else.

Got back to vl where i was met by the friendly squadron hierachy instead of the "how are you etc" i got instead "Get in my office and tell me why you disconnected that pin!!!"

The investigation is still going on to this day, as previous posters have said no one owned upto to disconnetcing the static rod thingy.

My solicitor at the time argued that i was a mere Leading hand acting on the PO's authority and that i was obeying his rank and with him being the lead supervisor he should shoulder the blame.

And yes it was on Friday the 13th July 2001
 

flynavy

Lantern Swinger
imo, both of em were complete c*nts before this happened.

Many thanks for your kind words, its great being the mod on this forum as it reveals all of your details.
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
cornishgolfer said:
well stab me with a short pointy stick. Forgot! Bugger.
August.......mmmmmmm, where was the Invisible then....1/2 way to Japan??
Somewhere between Singapore and Japan it would seem Hansard question re HMS Invincible and her Orient 1992 visit schedule (Near the bottom of the page)

To be honest I don't remember it either because I was on 801 at the time :thumright:

I got the info from HERE (again near the bottom of the page)
 
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