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Pilot bails out of F18 in the nick of time.

http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news...terjet-crashes

Pretty lucky pilot.... and lucky photog too. Amazing sequence.
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Wow. Glad he got out! And you're right, amazing photography!



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Simply amazing!! Thanks for posting!
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How about an emergency A-6 Intruder carrier landing with an accidental ejection/partial ejection situation?

http://www.gallagher.com/ejection_seat/

http://www.gallagher.com/ejection_seat/#pilot Complete with audios and videos

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Wow interesting to see the pics.Plane is really looking very hot and sexy.


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If you look back at the F-18 pictures, in #1 you can see that the 2 engine nozzles are in different positions. Left engine is open (in afterburner) while right is closed. He was doing a slow speed pass in 'burner when the right engine failed and the asymmetric thrust 'yawed' the nose to the right into the dead engine... and that was all she wrote!
In an interview the pilot said that his new 'best friend' is Martin-Baker - the maker of the ejection seat!

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And we bitch about crashing our 5k $ bikes...
That's how you crash!
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If you look back at the F-18 pictures, in #1 you can see that the 2 engine nozzles are in different positions. Left engine is open (in afterburner) while right is closed. He was doing a slow speed pass in 'burner when the right engine failed and the asymmetric thrust 'yawed' the nose to the right into the dead engine... and that was all she wrote!
In an interview the pilot said that his new 'best friend' is Martin-Baker - the maker of the ejection seat!
In the video it appears the ejection seat compensated for the pilot being ejected sideways and was able to point the pilot/seat in a climbing pitch prior to seat separation and chute deployment. I thought that was very amazing!
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Do the E-Seats have some sort of Gyro to compensate for attitude or was he just lucky and got shot up instead of into the ground or more sideways?

Anybody know?
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The pilot "pulled the handles" as the F18 was rolling to the right, but his sequence began while the F18 was quite nose-high and, maybe, about 30 degrees from 'normal'. So, I don't know, but I've never heard of anything like gyros in the seat.

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Do the E-Seats have some sort of Gyro to compensate for attitude or was he just lucky and got shot up instead of into the ground or more sideways?

Anybody know?


The ejection seats are zero/zero and, unlike the 'old days', pilots can safely eject at zero altitude and zero speed. There is a gyro system that compensates for when the aircraft is not in an 'ideal' attitude for ejection. If there is enough altitude a pilot can safely eject even if the aircraft is inverted.

http://science.howstuffworks.com/ejection-seat1.htm

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