The catapult system was very different from the later Martin-Baker designs, however it was similar in most respects. It was actuated by a face curtain handle which was intended to protect the aircrew's face by deploying the curtain over his face against the windblast. There was no secondary handle fitted. The face curtain handle also protected the aircrew by forcing him to straighten his back while reaching for the handle. This placed the aircrew's spine in the best alignment for ejection.
You will note that this seat has no leg restraint lines. The earliest Martin-Baker's used a rest for each of the aircrew's heels to provide leg support.
The seat was fully manual, except for the drogue deployment. After ejection, the aircrew would have to release his lap and shoulder belts manually. Then he would kick away from the seat and manually actuate the rip-cord to deploy his recovery parachute.
This particular seat is the last of the Pre-Mark 1 seats known to exist. It is kept by Martin-Baker in the Meteor aircraft from which it was test flown.
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|Left rear view|
|Right side view|
|Closeup of headrest and drogue gun|
This ejection seat was on display at theSAFE Association History of Escape Systems and the Evolution of Manikins Display during the SAFE Association 40th annual Symposium, October 2002
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