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Special seats typically used in fighter aircraft that can propel the crew clear of the aircraft in an emergency.

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If a pilot ejects, what is the autopilot programmed to do?

If a pilot uses his ejector seat during flight, what is the autopilot programmed to do? As a developer myself, I would want to build in a way for the plane to try and save itself if possible (to save ...
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Why does Martin-Baker use a Gloster Meteor as a testbed for ejection seats?

Martin-Baker uses a Gloster Meteor for testing ejection seats, according to their website. While it's a stylish plane, and a true delight that there are still airworthy fuselages of this plane left, ...
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Could ejector seats save lives in commercial aircraft? [duplicate]

If cost were no issue (it could be done cheaply), would installing ejection seats for passengers possibly save lives? There are certain scenarios (albeit extremely rare ones), where the crew may know ...
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What is the weight limit for a pilot to eject from an F-100?

What is the maximum weight for a pilot to use the ejection seat in an F-100 fighter?
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How expensive would it be for ejection seats to be installed on commuter planes?

Statistically, the chances of you being in an aircraft incident are extremely low, and once these seats are in place, you would never have to move them or do maintenance. The only difficult task is ...
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Is there any form of checklist that a pilot needs to go through before they use their ejection seat?

Obviously, the use of an ejection seat is a last resort tactic but is there anything at all that a pilot must consider, any buttons they need to hit or something similar before they may eject? ...
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Why wouldn't a helicopter ejection seat eject sideways? Or forwards?

This question got me thinking. Ejecting from a helicopter is necessarily more complicated than ejecting from a fighter jet or other fixed-wing aircraft. The answer to this question states that ...
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Are there any helicopters with ejection seats?

Are there any helicopters with ejection seats? If so, how is the clearance problem with the rotating blades solved?
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In a fighter jet, what is the average weight of the ejection system?

In the old days, pilots had only a parachute pack. (In the really old days they might not even have that.) They had to open the canopy manually and jump out. Today, fighter jets have zero-zero ...
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Which procedures or devices do ensure the aircraft stop flying after the pilot has ejected?

Pilots eject from aircraft when it cannot be controlled any more. Ejection seems to happen without delay and few time to secure the aircraft and its weapons. Pilot ejection, source. Thanks to @...
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What are the “spur” devices on this U2 pilot's boots?

From this video on YouTube: What are those devices and what is their purpose?
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Why does the F-111 have a capsule ejection system rather than a conventional system?

Following on from the questions F-111 emergency landing with no wheel; what is done to reduce risks when loosing a wheel? and Are there any known incidents of ejections by capsule? What are the ...
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Are there any known incidents of ejections by capsule? What are the survival chances?

One hears of many stories of ejection seats but rarely of ejection by capsule. Probably because seats are so much more common. So are there any known incidents of ejections by capsule? F-111 was one ...
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Are there any 'smart' ejection seats?

Are there any 'smart' ejection seats that eject automatically when an engine failure occurs or the aircraft gets into to a stall that can't be gotten out of, to save the pilot the decision of whether ...
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Can someone/something other than the pilot trigger the ejection seat?

Let's say there was a two-person jet (take the F-15 for example) that was involved in some sort of accident in the air that incapacitated the pilot (unconscious but still alive) and left the aircraft ...
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Could wingsuits replace or supplement ejection seats? [closed]

I know that ejection seats are good to help save pilots' lives, but they're not foolproof either and the design hasn't changed for decades. Why don't pilots wear a squirrel suit or wingsuit so that ...
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Why is the rear seat ejected before the front one?

On aircraft with 2 crew placed one in front of each other (tandem) equipped with ejection seats, the rear seat is ejected before the front one (described here for the F-14). Why is the rear seat ...
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Can an aircraft be controlled after an ejection?

What kind of damage does the ejection process do to the inside of a cockpit or to the aircraft in general? If ejection were accidentally triggered on the ground (i.e. the ejection wouldn't be ...
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Why are pilots deemed unfit to fly after emergency ejection?

There are many instances where pilots need to eject out of the cockpit due to emergency situations, and after such an ejection from some modern aircraft, pilots are deemed unfit to fly airplanes for ...
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Could someone really die in the way that Goose did in the movie “Top Gun”?

Looking at this question I remembered a question I always wanted to ask: In the movie "Top Gun" one of the main characters dies when trying to eject from the F-14. Here is the scene where this ...
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Do any ejector seat designs include controllable thrusters?

Are there any ejector seat designs with built-in thrusters, or boosters, which the pilot can deploy to maneuver himself out of, or away from enemy territory? A use case might be that after the ...
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Are modern fighter jets allowed to fly with an inoperative ejection seat?

I'm wondering if a modern fighter jet (Eurofighter, JAS Gripen, F-35 etc.) is allowed to fly when the ejection seats are known not to be in working order.
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Do you ever get to practice ejecting out of a plane as a fighter pilot?

The military throws away a lot of equipment simply because it doesn't hold up to current standards. So I was wondering the following. As a fighter pilot, would you ever get a practice run ejecting ...
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What happens to the ejection seat after a pilot ejects?

When a pilot ejects, what happens to the ejection seat? Does the pilot stay in the seat until he lands, or does it get disconnected from the pilot somehow?
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Is there a minimum altitude for ejection seats?

Is there generally a minimum altitude for ejecting in order for the sequence to function reliably (all the way to opening the chute, and slowing down to a survivable descent rate)? I've seen ejector ...