ejection seat stories

boredwafu

Lantern Swinger
Scouse_Scribes said:
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
Off thread, but that 814 SK (side number 66), had the claim to fame of not only an A25 for the wheels up, but then leaving the tail wheel off the back end of one of our 22's later the same day - both flown by the Sqn's QHIs. Trappers were disembarking in the Bari cab and 814 had just got a 'Good'!! Much banter thrown around
 

Scouse_Scribes

Lantern Swinger
boredwafu said:
Off thread, but that 814 SK (side number 66), had the claim to fame of not only an A25 for the wheels up, but then leaving the tail wheel off the back end of one of our 22's later the same day - both flown by the Sqn's QHIs. Trappers were disembarking in the Bari cab and 814 had just got a 'Good'!! Much banter thrown around
Yeah and I had to type the FU*&^(ng A25s, the air was blue in the sqdn office when I found out about the tailwheel incident.

I forgot about the second incident. The CO of the Sqdn at the time was the Obs on the A/c that wheeled up at Bari. The QHI was doing a captaincy check on the pilot that was landing the A/c which caused a bit of a furore. But the best bit was how angry the CO was as he was IC the aircraft and he had never been involved in an incident.

The Sqdn AEO was waiting to be picked up by the aircraft and one of the AEMs was stood next to him gawping, he turned to the AEO and said " shouldn't he have his wheels down sir!" Apparently the AEOs answer was quite rude.

There was also one other famous incident on that trip, when one of the observers was vectoring the A/C back to mother, the pilots kept asking him if he was sure, he kept reply that he was. They were a bit concerned that "mother" was lit up like a Christmas Tree, turns out it was the Bari-Split ferry. Happy Days
 

boredwafu

Lantern Swinger
I seem to remember that CO was a right tosser, but amusing to watch the vein in his head throbbing in anger when things didn't go his way.....
 

Scouse_Scribes

Lantern Swinger
He was all of that. In fact he was that bad I've managed to wipe his name form my memory. His successor was a good egg though. The SPLOT was a complete T*%%3r.
 

Brawdyboy

Newbie
scouse said:
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
Hi guys found this fantastic site yesterday when I was sourcing Tiger Moth info.
Scouse don't wish to sound controversal but Bogie Knight died 15th July 1965 on HMS Victorious,his name is on the Armed Forces Memorial Roll of Honour in Staffordshire.IIRC (I was on that comission) they were removing seat out of Vixen,Shrimp was in cockpit lifting the seat and Bogie was standing on fuselge pulling the seat,Chief Raynor was actually off watch and had come to the hanger about another problem and had gone over to the Vixen to see how things were going,he was on the ladder leaning over the cockpit when it fired,taking Bogie and the CPO to the deckhead killing them,I believe it actually lifted Shrimp out the cockpit and threw him clear.I have an A4 size dedication sheet from Staffordshire for Bogie in front of me now
John
ps Is there an introduction section on this site?
 

scouse

War Hero
Brawdyboy said:
scouse said:
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
Hi guys found this fantastic site yesterday when I was sourcing Tiger Moth info.
Scouse don't wish to sound controversal but Bogie Knight died 15th July 1965 on HMS Victorious,his name is on the Armed Forces Memorial Roll of Honour in Staffordshire.IIRC (I was on that comission) they were removing seat out of Vixen,Shrimp was in cockpit lifting the seat and Bogie was standing on fuselge pulling the seat,Chief Raynor was actually off watch and had come to the hanger about another problem and had gone over to the Vixen to see how things were going,he was on the ladder leaning over the cockpit when it fired,taking Bogie and the CPO to the deckhead killing them,I believe it actually lifted Shrimp out the cockpit and threw him clear.I have an A4 size dedication sheet from Staffordshire for Bogie in front of me now
John
ps Is there an introduction section on this site?
Thank you very much for your info. Much appreciated. Go to Ejection site history web page i have a few articles their, that could intrest you !! best wishes Scouse ps go to ejection by a/c type :thumright:
 

Waspie

War Hero
Just caught up with this thread. Very interesting. Kinda makes me glad I went rotary wing!!!!

One of my uncles was a crab pilot. He has on display in his home a frame with his Martin Baker certificates and a couple of medical forms in it.

Courtsey of Messr's Baker and Co. he left the RAF a wee bit shorter than he joined. (He piloted Lightenings, engines with wings.)
 

scouse

War Hero
Waspie said:
Just caught up with this thread. Very interesting. Kinda makes me glad I went rotary wing!!!!

One of my uncles was a crab pilot. He has on display in his home a frame with his Martin Baker certificates and a couple of medical forms in it.

Courtsey of Messr's Baker and Co. he left the RAF a wee bit shorter than he joined. (He piloted Lightenings, engines with wings.)
Have you visited the Ejection history Web page?? re Lightening ejections for more info? best wishes Scouse
 

Waspie

War Hero
scouse said:
Waspie said:
Just caught up with this thread. Very interesting. Kinda makes me glad I went rotary wing!!!!

One of my uncles was a crab pilot. He has on display in his home a frame with his Martin Baker certificates and a couple of medical forms in it.

Courtsey of Messr's Baker and Co. he left the RAF a wee bit shorter than he joined. (He piloted Lightenings, engines with wings.)
Have you visited the Ejection history Web page?? re Lightening ejections for more info? best wishes Scouse
No - But I will now. :thumright:
 
Deckhead_Inspector

You may be thinking of the Phantom that crashed at Leuchars in 1978.
892 had just gone on board and Comander Milner ? ( Pilot ) and Lt Gavin were practicing for air displays.
The pilot came in a bit low and crashed onto the airfield.Lt Gavin died but Milner? escaped although seriously injured.
I was at the FAA chapel in Yeovilton recently and Milner is buried there but I didnt note when he had died.
I think it was an spare 892 cab to and not PTF.
I was an 892 armourer at the time I was also involved with the aircraft which ejected caught fire on the runway and the two crewmen ejected,we had been on nights ( doomers ) and was getting my head down when it happened.Might even have done the BFI,as I remember getting some beer.
I also think that that was an 892 cab as well but cant be to sure but if it was a 1976 onwards then it was.
 

sulzer

Lantern Swinger
In Eagle in 1955 we had an 813 Wyvern pilot who ditched in to the sea (as to why escapes me). He sank and allowed the ship to pass over him and then ejected, I believe this was the first recorder incident of its kind.
 

sulzer

Lantern Swinger
In Eagle in 1955 we had an 813 Wyvern pilot who ditched in to the sea (as to why escapes me). He sank and allowed the ship to pass over him and then ejected, I believe this was the first recorded incident of its kind.
 

scouse

War Hero
billydwarf said:
Deckhead_Inspector

You may be thinking of the Phantom that crashed at Leuchars in 1978.
892 had just gone on board and Comander Milner ? ( Pilot ) and Lt Gavin were practicing for air displays.
The pilot came in a bit low and crashed onto the airfield.Lt Gavin died but Milner? escaped although seriously injured.
I was at the FAA chapel in Yeovilton recently and Milner is buried there but I didnt note when he had died.
I think it was an spare 892 cab to and not PTF.
I was an 892 armourer at the time I was also involved with the aircraft which ejected caught fire on the runway and the two crewmen ejected,we had been on nights ( doomers ) and was getting my head down when it happened.Might even have done the BFI,as I remember getting some beer.
I also think that that was an 892 cab as well but cant be to sure but if it was a 1976 onwards then it was.
Hope this will be of help. Phantom FGI 892 Sqdn 008/R XT868 12th May 78 CDR Davies Ejected S/Injured L/T J Gavin Ejected Killed :salut: RIP
 

sulzer

Lantern Swinger
C-G Yes he certainly did survive and lived to tell the tale.. He said the ship was like a train passing overhead.
 

scouse

War Hero
cornishgolfer said:
sulzer said:
C-G Yes he certainly did survive and lived to tell the tale.. He said the ship was like a train passing overhead.

But without a rocket pack, it wouldnt have got very far would it?
:thumright: This could have been the first one??13th October 1954
RN Wyvern TF1 VZ783/X 813 Sqn H.M.S. Albion, Mediterranean into the sea following catapult launch
Lt. B. D. Macfarlane ejected under the water suffering slight injuries
 

slim

War Hero
cornishgolfer said:
sulzer said:
C-G Yes he certainly did survive and lived to tell the tale.. He said the ship was like a train passing overhead.

But without a rocket pack, it wouldnt have got very far would it?
I remember in the 70s the Buccaneer being fitted with an underwater seat capability. I believe that the seat did not fire but the canopy detached and the pilot released from the seat by air power. My memory is rusty on this perhaps an armourer could fill in the details.

Edited to add this:
http://www.ejectorseats.co.uk/underwater_ejection.htm
 

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