The Vulcan bomber only had ejector seats for the two pilots… the rear crew made do with an escape slide, a level if inequality that killed many and resulted in questions being asked in Parliament. This is the story of the Vulcan and a look at the USN Skyknight which had a similar escape system.

The rear crew compartment of the Avro Vulcan






The Vulcan


The Vulcan air brakes


The crash site


Avro Vulcan XV770


The Vulcan rear crew escape hatch


The F3 Skynight


Skynight bailout trials


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