Emergency Ejections occur dozens of times a year around the world, but rarely in sight of a person, let alone one with a camera. Of the tens of thousands of ejections since seats were invented in the 1930s, perhaps a few hundred have been photographed. Most of those were in the Naval Aviation area as that is one of the most dangerous flight regimes, and a carrier may often have cameras on board.
The following pictures are among the rare few that have been taken, and have been released for public viewing.
|ThunderBird 6 Ejection
CAPT Chris Stricklin ejects from ThunderBird 6 at Mountain Home AFB.
|F-8 Inadvertant Ejection
F-8 Crusader 1963
Series of photos of an F-8 runway overrun accident. The pilot was saved by a thin strand of wire in a strange twist of fate.
|Phantom over Vietnam
F-4B Phantom II - 1967
A combat photograph of a Phantom WSO ejecting over Vietnam
|Crusader over the Angle
F8U-1 Crusader - 1961
Ejecting off the deck. A landing gear failure has consigned this F8U-1 to the deep sea, but the pilot can make it out.
|Zero-Zero: the nightmare scenerio test
F-106 Ejection seat - 1965
Weber Aircraft built a zero airspeed/zero altitude ejection seat. Jim Hall got to prove it worked!
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