Let's say for whatever reason, miscued ejection system perhaps, a jet in flight at exactly mach 1 blew its canopy but did not eject the pilot. And we can assume the altitude is fairly low (to exclude the attendant freezing/suffocation that would ensue).
My friend and I have been arguing about this. He insists that it would result in catastrophic damage to the jet due to a sudden lack of aerodynamic stability and that the pilot would be grievously harmed or killed.
For my own part, I'm just not so sure. It seems to me that if said pilot was wearing a JHMC or some helmet with visor that he'd have plenty of time to react and set the aircraft safely down. And could probably do 400 knots comfortably on his way home to complain about the faulty ejection.
And I figured a jet is so very large and aerodynamic over its entire body, without the canopy it'd be less so, but still not so badly that the thing would be torn to pieces as a result, right?
The only similar story I could find was of an F-14 that lost its canopy, but the pilot only mentioned going 320 knots and it not being as loud as he expected.
So mach 1 is a key part of this question, I think. I can't find a reasonable answer to settle our dispute, someone please help! I really want to settle this. Thanks in advance.