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.
Vought A-7E-5-CV Corsair II
The USS Constellation during her 1964–1965 WESTPAC cruise
Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to J Clear, USAF, USAF National Air Museum, US Navy archives, US Gov, Hanna-Barbera and Robert L. Lawson.