The ejector seat is still a subject of fascination for a lot of pilots, mainly those who have never been strapped to one. It’s often the opinion of folk not part of the small fast jet community that an ejection is a simple matter, you just pull the handle and ‘boom’ you’re safe.


The B58 Hustler


An ejector seat from the B-58 Hustler

Smarter than the average bear!


North American Aviation test pilot George Smith.


The F100


Vought A-7E-5-CV Corsair II


The USS Constellation during her 1964–1965 WESTPAC cruise


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