Ever wonder how ejection seats work or how it might feel to ride one?
On this episode, US Navy Commander Rafe “Bloach” Wysham offers an in-depth look at ejection seats including a brief history, how they work, how aircrew inspect them before flight, and why–in multi-place aircraft–it is important to have the ‘Eject Select’ switch in the proper position as demonstrated by the non-aircrew backseater who ejected himself out of a perfectly good F-14 Tomcat (click here for the whole story).
Bloach wraps up the discussion with a harrowing story of the time an A device designed to propel an aircrew occupant safely out of and away from a distressed aircraft. saved his life from a doomed Tomcat–a mishap that tragically claimed the life of his pilot.
Check out the FPP004 – Ejection Seats playlist on our YouTube channel for a few examples of ejection seats in action. The keen observer may recognize the audio featured on our intro bumper music!