The cockpit is similar in design to that of the F-16C with a side stick controller and large polycarbonate canopy. The ACES II ejection seat is mounted on the rails at a 19.5° angle, leading to a slight reduction in G force during manuevering, but lessening the strain on the pilot's neck as compared to the F-16 30° leanback. The instrument panel is largely filled with the four primary Multi-Function Displays (MFDs).
The polycarbonate canopy is very resistant to bird strikes and must be jettisoned prior to the pilot ejecting. The egress systems were tested at Holloman AFB over the past few years and have passed tests of up to 450 KEAS. The image on the left anchors to a photo of the acceleration phase of the 325 KEAS sled test.
Special thanks to Gordon Cress, F-22 Egress Systems Team Leader with Lockheed-Martin, for providing the picture and some of the information for this page.
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Note: While the Aircraft is Lockheed-Martin's, large portions are manufactured by Boeing.
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