Ever wonder how ejection seats work or how it might feel to ride one?
On this episode, U.S. Navy Commander Rafe “Bloach” Wysham offers a brief history on ejection seats, how they work, how Generic term for any aircraft crew member, whether at the flight controls or not. 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-aviator 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.
Episode photography copyright U.S. Air Force. Bumper music by Incompetech.