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Ejection Seat Fantasy


The ejection seat of the B-58 Hustler is an example of a modern ejection capsule. However, the concept for the ejection seat goes back almost the beginning of manned airplanes. In 1910, the first assisted escape from an aircraft took place. The system in question used bungee cords. That’s about all that is known about it. Then, in 1916, Everard Calthrop patented an ejector seat using compressed air. Interestingly, that compressed air concept would last all the way through WW2.

I’m thinking those early ejection seats looked something like the photo above.

[Image Credit: Louisdelavilla]

  • The Professor

    I think that there is enough rattan in that chair to build the airframe for a WWI aircraft. Just sayin'…

    • TheOtherMacLeod

      Welcome bacjk professor! You've been missed!

      • The Professor

        Thank you very much! I've been dealing with family medical problems and it's nice to have time to hang out with you guys again.

        • BlackIce_GTS

          Oh, well, that's unfortunate. I thought you were just sick of us, which would be a promising sign of encroaching sanity.

          • The Professor

            Egad, if I start showing sign of sanity I'll get thrown out. Which is a thought….

  • Had to follow up on this when I found it in a GIS…

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    An ejection seat believed to be from a B-52 that crashed in Maine in 1963; found in 2009! More research needed…

  • KoshNaranek

    I probably got this this website from Atomic Toasters originally. If that is the case, is this a recursive reference?