During the next few weeks, probably by the end of the month, the number of aircraft victims saved by British-made ejector seats is likely to pass the 3,000 mark.
CU Aircraft flying
SV Flame out from aircraft
MS From interior cockpit to aircraft in trouble
SV Aircraft pitching, pilots eject - plane crashes
Slow motion sequence of aircraft crashing
SV Aircraft takes off, climbs, pilots eject - plane crashes
Rpt sequence in slow motion
SV Pilots look at ejector seat
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Background: During the next few weeks, probably by the end of the month, the number of aircraft victims saved by British-made ejector seats is likely to pass the 3,000 mark. It's a remarkable achievement in air safety, highlighted in this film of airmen ejecting safely from two crashing aircraft.
The ejector seats, made by the Martin-Baker firm, are helping to maintain air safety standards in over 50 nations. The seats are fitted -- or are to be fitted -- to 43 different types of aircraft. The ejectors, born at the outset of the jet age, were designed to shoot airmen well clear of crippled aircraft, allowing them to parachute to safety even when close to the ground.
SYNOPSIS: A British firm has achieved the remarkable record of saving very nearly three-thousand airmen from the brink of disaster. The firm, Martin-Baker, makes the ejector seats to which so many airmen owe their lives....Two of them were flying in one of these F-14 Tomcats over St. Louis a couple of years ago. Their aircraft got into difficulties. But they were quickly fired clear of their stricken jet by prompt use of their ejector seats......
Let's see that again in slow motion These Martin-Baker ejector seats were conceived at the beginning of the jet age,w hen a foolproof method was needed of shooting airmen well clear of crippled aircraft. The ejector seat enabled them to parachute to safety even when close to the ground. Since the successful development of the first prototypes these seats have been saving lives all round the would. And Martin-Baker seats are helping to maintain air safety standards in over fifty nations. They're fitted -- or are proposed for -- forty-three different types of aircraft.
This Phantom aircraft, taking off from a base near New York, is one of the fighter-bombers packing a British-made ejector seat. And again, the crew probably own their lives to it.....
Today's fully automatic rocket seat not only thrust the flyers well away from their aircraft, but provide special protection for their limbs, and an integrated oxygen system. When a split second of time can save lives, the aircraft commander can eject himself and his crew through the canopy -- without appreciable danger. There have been over four hundred and fifty ejections of this type, and not a single life lost. So airmen have good reason to be grateful to the ejector seat. The concept has been so successful that ejections 'even work at ground level.