Air International 2022-11
T.Fish - Escape Velocity
The latest in Escape System technology for F-16 Block 70/72
An ejection seat being installed in a F-16 fighter from the USAF 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, by 52nd Maintenance Group in preparation for support of Operation Odyssey Dawn - part of the international response to the civil war in Libya
Captain Christopher Stricklin, the pilot of US Air Force F-16C serial number 87-0327, part of the USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team, ejects at low level, seconds before it crashed on September 14, 2003, during an air show at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The ACES II ejection seat meant Stricklin was uninjured
Aircrew egress systems technicians with 15th Maintenance Squadrons perform a post-maintenance inspection on a F-22 Raptor ACES 2 ejection seat prior to installation into the aircraft in 2013 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
A test ejection from a KAI KF-21 Boramae forward fuselage using a Martin-Baker Mk 18 ejection seat. The KF-21 is one of the latest types to use Martin-Baker seats
Martin-Baker’s long-serving, specially modified Gloster Meteor has been in use for decades to test the company’s ejection seats, operating from the company airfield at Chalgrove, Oxfordshire. After a period of eight years during which no tests were carried out, on June 18, 2018, Martin-Baker announced that it had resumed these activities
The 846th Test Squadron qualifies the ACES 5 ejection system for Air Force’s Boeing T-7A Red Hawk using a mannequin on the Holloman High Speed Test Track (HHSTT) at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, in June 2021. The HHSTT is a rocket sled track that can test models of varying sizes up to full-scale at speeds of up to Mach 8. The first flight-ready T-7A should be delivered in 2023