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Preparing to Eject From My No Fuel Aircraft - A True Story

I was preparing myself for my life's first ever ejection from an aircraft and that too with less than fifty hours of total flying experience in my three months pilot training. I have only heard about ejection. Now I am forced to go through and experience an ejection from an aircraft all by myself.

One ejection loop is fitted above the head. It is to be pulled if the aircraft is at very high altitude. It has a screen which comes over the face protecting the face from high speed and frost bite related damage to the face because temperature at 24,000 feet was very low. It is also good for people who are scared of height. A screen on the face means that this pilot can't see anything.

I am scared of height even today. Now don't ask how can somebody with height scare become a pilot? Do you feel scared sitting in a 25th floor hotel room? No, because you feel comfortable inside the room. Similarly, inside the cockpit, even a pilot with height scare like me, feels very safe. The second ejection loop is between the pilot's thighs. Either of these top or in between thighs loop can be pulled to initiate the pilot seat ejection from the cockpit.

Aircraft Pilot Ejection Seat Firing Sequence And G Forces - A True Story

When one of the loop is pulled, first a cartridge fires to extend a triple telescopic arm. This arm has three hollow cylinders one inside the other. The cartridge explodes and fills the cylinders with high pressure gas and instantly extends the cylinders like an old radio aerial. The extension of these three cylinders pushes the pilot along with his seat about three meters up and then detaches the seat. This is done to prevent the pilot getting injured by the tall aircraft tail behind the aircraft.

The telescopic arm extends at 25 G force. In other words, the weight of the pilot say 70 kg at one G or Gravity force, will become 25 times to 1750 kg. If the hands and legs of the pilot are not held close to the body stiffly and if the neck is not held straight, then the neck may break during ejection. Many pilots have even broken their back  bone during this high gravity force ejection.

The modern day fighter pilots in jet aircraft do not sit on this old type of ejection seats. They sit on rocket propelled ejection seats which does not have any cylinders or cartridge in them. When the rocket burns, the seat is slowly pushed upwards with the pilot on it. Rocket propelled ejection seats are far more safe because they don't put more than 4G or four times the gravity forces on the pilot unlike the 25 G I would have to undergo in case I was to eject from my aircraft way back in the eighties.

People who have ejected from this aircraft cockpit have documented that after pulling the ejection seat loop, before the eyes lids blinks the seat is outside the aircraft and tumbling violently making the pilot completely dizzy and often unconcious. Many of them open their in the hospital. Some pilots are crippled for life and a few pilots certainly come out clean to fly an aricraft again. Nevertheless, I prepared to eject from my aircraft with emergency.

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