004 – Ejection Seats

Ever wonder how ejection seats work or how it might feel to ride one?

Commander Rafe “Bloach” Wysham
Commander Rafe “Bloach” Wysham

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 ejection seat 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!