A new aviation safety device, known as the Air Stop Safety system was recently demonstrated by its developer, the Martin Company.
Slow motion - dummy in vehicle comes to end of swing and hits wall
Broken safety belt
Clark in seat
Technician at data machine
Slow motion - Clark hits wall
Girl in plane seat - safety cushion inflating
Technician at gages
Girl in seat - cushion inflated
Girl rests head against custion
Girl in seat smiling
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Background: A new aviation safety device, known as the Air Stop Safety system was recently demonstrated by its developer, the Martin Company. The device, consisting of an inflatable plastic bag, replaces the normal aircraft seat belt, and would be used to protect passengers in the event of a crash. A similar device is under study for use in manned space flight.
Our film shots a test run. An aircraft seat, with dummy strapped in by a conventional seat belt, was smashed against a concrete wall. The belt broke loose and the dummy slammed into the seat ahead with sufficient force to cause a skull fracture. Using the Air Stop restraining device, however, Dr. Carl Clark, its developed survived a similar impact -- and came up smiling.
The plastic bag would be stored in aircraft seat backs. It could be rapidly inflated by the pilot, thus cushioning all the passengers of an airliner in the event of a crash. In manned space flight, two bags would be used with the astronaut sandwiched between them.
Ahe Air Stop device is scheduled for an actual aircraft test this week when the Federal Aviatian Agency conducts a staged crash experiment with a DC-7.