ejection seat stories

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.
Was at Heron during that time, crowd thought it was all part of the display and could he do it again. Think it was the same year a Star fighter (widow maker) went down as well, or was that every year....
 
when we were in KH, the wife flew out and we went to Bangkock, the Phuket. That was around that time, tried to find an old passport for the dates but cant find it. Probably back in th UK.

My prob is, WHY the f**k cant I remember it!?
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
cornishgolfer said:
when we were in KH, the wife flew out and we went to Bangkock, the Phuket. That was around that time, tried to find an old passport for the dates but cant find it. Probably back in th UK.

My prob is, WHY the f**k cant I remember it!?
Probably destroyed those brain cells celebrating with the wife in Phuket :dwarf:
 

raymas

Newbie
On the subject of Drogue guns firing just before christmas leave either 61 or 62 a drogue went off through a naval airmans head as they were disabling them for leave. This was at Lossiemouth he was rushed to Aberdeen hospital. The whole ships company had to go to the hanger to see the "bloody Drogue" as a lesson.
 
chieftiff said:
cornishgolfer said:
when we were in KH, the wife flew out and we went to Bangkock, the Phuket. That was around that time, tried to find an old passport for the dates but cant find it. Probably back in th UK.

My prob is, WHY the f**k cant I remember it!?
Probably destroyed those brain cells celebrating with the wife in Phuket :dwarf:
mmmmmmm, when we went down for Breakfast after the first night, a scabby looking young git and a very white woman was with him, he sort of looked familiar ish. He was a scribe with one of the sqdrns. All the way to effing fucket and some bastard roles up at the same hotel a coupla thou miles from Invince .............
 

avoiding_action

Lantern Swinger
Around 2000 I was working in the tower at VL when an FA2 was delivered from Dunsfold (i think) after a major overhaul. The pilots liked to play a popular game and see if he could land smack bang on the beginning of the piano keys. Unfortunately he landed short on 27 burst his main tyres which Fodded the engine which exploded as he roled down the Runway. About half way down he veered right and was hurtling straight at the tower and 847 dispersal with cabs burning and turning! Luckily he hit the SAR box by 702's line which took off his nose wheel, dug the nose in and slowed him down. He went straight past a very startled Met Wren taking Obs by the Stevenson screen, past the ATC smoking shack (to their surprise), narrowly missed a Booty Lynx before coming to rest on 847's pan. A big whoosh and up it went in flames! With ATC shouting down the radio to eject he obviously felt it was time to leave and pulled the yellow and black. Coming down next to the flames 2 Royal's dragged him (with a broken ankle) clear of the flames and the Chockheads but it out! I dont think the Met wren ever took obs again after that....................
 
In the late 80s whilst stationed at Scampton, the Dead Sparrows were a regular source of entertainment. There was one of them who was in the habbit of retracting the gear and flaps immediately after take off, he also then selected airbrake out (SOP for the Sparrows) this all went well until one day our hero was just a shade too fast. The scene was as follows, our hero was about number 3 in a 10 ship, as usual the moment he has about half an inch of air under his wheels he whipped them up, and the flaps and out with the air brakes. Unfortunately there was also the 200 gallon dieso tank under the belly (for the smoke) add to that the fact that the airbrake is also on the underside and that our hero got into the downdraft of the man in front. At least the Martin Baker let down went well. The jet ended up on the grass facing the runway, from the tower it looked as if it was at the holding point waiting for take off. The dieso tank had burst and as it was full of blue diesel the port side of the jet was dark blue and the stbd side still bright red (like the pilot's face). Shortly after wards the pilot was posted to some distant place. The black box revealed that within the space of 0.4 seconds he had lifted off, retracted the gear and the flaps and selected airbrake out. Like I said he was just a bit too fast.
 
Crabman said:
In the late 80s whilst stationed at Scampton, the Dead Sparrows were a regular source of entertainment. There was one of them who was in the habbit of retracting the gear and flaps immediately after take off, he also then selected airbrake out (SOP for the Sparrows) this all went well until one day our hero was just a shade too fast. The scene was as follows, our hero was about number 3 in a 10 ship, as usual the moment he has about half an inch of air under his wheels he whipped them up, and the flaps and out with the air brakes. Unfortunately there was also the 200 gallon dieso tank under the belly (for the smoke) add to that the fact that the airbrake is also on the underside and that our hero got into the downdraft of the man in front. At least the Martin Baker let down went well. The jet ended up on the grass facing the runway, from the tower it looked as if it was at the holding point waiting for take off. The dieso tank had burst and as it was full of blue diesel the port side of the jet was dark blue and the stbd side still bright red (like the pilot's face). Shortly after wards the pilot was posted to some distant place. The black box revealed that within the space of 0.4 seconds he had lifted off, retracted the gear and the flaps and selected airbrake out. Like I said he was just a bit too fast.
How long after did his promotion come thru?

Just a thought!
 
avoiding_action said:
Around 2000 I was working in the tower at VL when an FA2 was delivered from Dunsfold (i think) after a major overhaul. The pilots liked to play a popular game and see if he could land smack bang on the beginning of the piano keys. Unfortunately he landed short on 27 burst his main tyres which Fodded the engine which exploded as he roled down the Runway. About half way down he veered right and was hurtling straight at the tower and 847 dispersal with cabs burning and turning! Luckily he hit the SAR box by 702's line which took off his nose wheel, dug the nose in and slowed him down. He went straight past a very startled Met Wren taking Obs by the Stevenson screen, past the ATC smoking shack (to their surprise), narrowly missed a Booty Lynx before coming to rest on 847's pan. A big whoosh and up it went in flames! With ATC shouting down the radio to eject he obviously felt it was time to leave and pulled the yellow and black. Coming down next to the flames 2 Royal's dragged him (with a broken ankle) clear of the flames and the Chockheads but it out! I dont think the Met wren ever took obs again after that....................
was working at VL AMG waiting for that cab to be delivered to us. watching from the hangar we all thought whoppee early chops for the weekend coming.

wont mention pilots name but he was responsible for dropping more harriers than the argies
 

Heli

Midshipman
wardmaster said:
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"
I've got that one, autographed by Tugg :thumright:
 

GashHand

Midshipman
I was Killick in-charge of the line on 848 when that Harrier came down. We were some distance from it, but, i swear it was coming straight for me!

GH
 

granville

Banned
PTF Phantom suffered major engine fire during take off roll at Leuchars. The crew had presence of mind to cancel re-heat, shut off fuel cocks, lower the arrestor hook , then eject. The aircraft took the RHAG - Cat 5 of course, but very stylish. As a KERRABBB!!! what appeals to me about this one is the successful ejection, from a Navy aircraft, by an RAF Aircrew.
 

fido

MIA
Worst ever (for me) - HMS VICTORIOUS mid 60's. CPO(O) RAYNER and LAM(O) Bogie KNIGHT killed in hangar when Sea Vixen seat fired when under maintenance.
 

fido

MIA
avoiding_action said:
Around 2000 I was working in the tower at VL when an FA2 was delivered from Dunsfold (i think) after a major overhaul. The pilots liked to play a popular game and see if he could land smack bang on the beginning of the piano keys. Unfortunately he landed short on 27 burst his main tyres which Fodded the engine which exploded as he roled down the Runway. About half way down he veered right and was hurtling straight at the tower and 847 dispersal with cabs burning and turning! Luckily he hit the SAR box by 702's line which took off his nose wheel, dug the nose in and slowed him down. He went straight past a very startled Met Wren taking Obs by the Stevenson screen, past the ATC smoking shack (to their surprise), narrowly missed a Booty Lynx before coming to rest on 847's pan. A big whoosh and up it went in flames! With ATC shouting down the radio to eject he obviously felt it was time to leave and pulled the yellow and black. Coming down next to the flames 2 Royal's dragged him (with a broken ankle) clear of the flames and the Chockheads but it out! I dont think the Met wren ever took obs again after that....................
That was Lt (who had recently PVR'd) Peter 'Whizzer' Wilson who had taken up a job with BAE and was keen to show off to his erstwhile contemporaries in 899 NAS. What a w***ker!
 

scouse

War Hero
fido said:
Worst ever (for me) - HMS VICTORIOUS mid 60's. CPO(O) RAYNER and LAM(O) Bogie KNIGHT killed in hangar when Sea Vixen seat fired when under maintenance.
which commission did that tragic accident happen?
 

scouse

War Hero
fido said:
Worst ever (for me) - HMS VICTORIOUS mid 60's. CPO(O) RAYNER and LAM(O) Bogie KNIGHT killed in hangar when Sea Vixen seat fired when under maintenance.
Found the date for you 64/65 Commission Wednesday 8th Sept 1965 Hms Victorious :salut: also have their Official Numbers as well. If you would like? PM me
 

Scouse_Scribes

Lantern Swinger
Invincbile 94-95 Adriatic trip I was the killick scribe on 814, standing having a brew in one of the port boat bays when a SHAR came into land, he was in the hover, when he began to roll back and forth to port and starboard. The pilot decided to leave and luckily timed the ejection so he missed the side of the ship and went right over the flight deck into the sea on the starboard side.

The SHAR flipped onto its back and promptly sank. When they recovered it they reckoned the engine had been fodded by a sheared bolt from the air intake.

Cue one wet, hacked off Lt Cdr alighting from a Spanish helicopter.

Cue also one unhappy Killick scribe Si Mead on the SHAR sqdn having to begin the labourious process of filling out the A25, which made it all the more sweat for me cos he had been laughing at me the week before cos I had to do one, when one of 814's pilots tried to land a Seaking without wheels at Bari Airport, but thats another dit
 
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