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Well, it is the Bears shooting a Man out the test capsule... the US did it the other way and had Men shooting Bears out of their test rigs.

Part of the research for the B58 Hustler system included drugging man sized bears and strapping them into the ejection seat capsules the B58 was to use and poping them out in various ways, face first, **** first, sideways, etc. Then once that was all done they got put down and autopsied to see what happens internally

That's bad news for the bears, Kiwi.

 

I don't know whether the ejectee in the photo is a test pilot or SKIF, the Russian test dummy.

 

The seat is a K-36D-3-5A, the seat developed by the Russians with British partners for potential U.S. use in the F-22 and future tactical aircraft such as the F-35.

 

Back in the 90's, some in the USAF recognised the superiority of the Russian ejection seats to the ACES2 and NACES seats, particularly at higher speeds expected with supercruise ability of the F-22 and future aircraft. The Foreign Comparative Testing Progamme was jointly undertaken in the U.S. and Russia using the K-36DM seat. In the end, the U.S. requirements were for a lighter version, mainly to enable a quicker chute deployment at low speeds. The Zvezda/ British joint venture developed this seat, the lighter K-36D-3-5A (A for America), which is based on the Russian K-36D-3-5. Zvezda did the science; I think the British partner was just to make the marketing more politically palatable.

 

The original idea was to license build it for the F-22 and the F-35, but it never happened. The U.S. stuck with the ACES2 for the F-22, and the Martin Baker for the F-35. MB has gone back to the drawing board for a while with the MK.16 F-35 seats, as it's breaking the necks on the test dummies weighing less than about 10 stone. The only woman pilot is heavier than that, and only one male pilot has had to be re-assigned. But I guess their concern is that the weight safety restriction would prevent a lot of female pilots from flying the F-35 if no fix is found.

 

 

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What is this four seat jet? Claimed to be able to be as easy to fly as a Warrior.

 

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That was quick! I wonder if it would have made it into production if Ian Chester-Miles had not died.

 

 

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Martin XB-51

Yep, I had hoped the odd angle would mean you might not get the three engined bomber

 

 

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I thought it was a 727 whose balls had dropped...

 

 

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English Electricspacesailor

English Electric Lightning.

 

 

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General Electric, English Electric... none of these buggers actually made electric planes...

 

 

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Avro 730

 

(Sorry Phil, you need to change the file name before posting.)

 

 

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Yes Litespeed, Lippisch P.13a. Designed to be coal powered. Never got beyond a wind tunnel model, according to Wikipedia.

 

 

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