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2017-07-17 12:31:41 PM  
I'm no expert, but it looks like that dumb shiat retracted the landing gear WAY too early...
 
2017-07-17 12:34:25 PM  

That Guy What Stole the Bacon: I'm no expert, but it looks like that dumb shiat retracted the landing gear WAY too early...


That was my take, too

/oops
 
2017-07-17 01:31:28 PM  
A guy I worked with years ago had been a jet mechanic in the Air Force. He told me about the time another mechanic was in the seat of a fighter in a hanger, doing some sort of service work when he accidentally hit the eject switch. It blew him and the seat right through the roof of the hanger. Needless to say, he died quickly.
 
2017-07-17 01:53:14 PM  
And you may ask yourself, "Self, why is my plane on fire?"
 
2017-07-17 02:17:36 PM  
I hope he lived.

I want this to be unreservedly amusing.
 
2017-07-17 02:40:37 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: That Guy What Stole the Bacon: I'm no expert, but it looks like that dumb shiat retracted the landing gear WAY too early...

That was my take, too

/oops


Yep.

The gear retracted before the the plane was up to speed so it came down and crushed the engines.
 
2017-07-17 02:40:53 PM  

TommyDeuce: And you may ask yourself, "Self, why is my plane on fire?"


THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL PLANE!
 
2017-07-17 02:40:57 PM  

Aulus: A guy I worked with years ago had been a jet mechanic in the Air Force. He told me about the time another mechanic was in the seat of a fighter in a hanger, doing some sort of service work when he accidentally hit the eject switch. It blew him and the seat right through the roof of the hanger. Needless to say, he died quickly.


That's why they have those pins that are supposed to be inserted as soon as the pilot leaves the plane, and removed just before he closes the canopy.
 
2017-07-17 02:41:56 PM  
I call this move "The last time you'll ever fly a MIG-29"
...and a one, and a two...
 
2017-07-17 02:43:36 PM  

Aulus: A guy I worked with years ago had been a jet mechanic in the Air Force. He told me about the time another mechanic was in the seat of a fighter in a hanger, doing some sort of service work when he accidentally hit the eject switch. It blew him and the seat right through the roof of the hanger. Needless to say, he died quickly.


Heh.  One of my high school teachers was an A-4 pilot during Vietnam before spending a number of years as an accident investigator (and then ten years as an investigator for the state department for POWs and MIAs) (dude had a lot of cool stories).

He had two investigations, iirc, into mechanics "accidentally" setting off ejection seats while in hangers.  They don't go off easily / by accident.  They're pretty sure that one was an outright suicide and the other the mechanic apparently was drunk off his ass while on drugs; they think he did it on purpose for fun but forgot about overhead obstructions.
 
2017-07-17 02:43:55 PM  

That Guy What Stole the Bacon: I'm no expert, but it looks like that dumb shiat retracted the landing gear WAY too early...


Not WAY too early... just... too early enough.
 
2017-07-17 02:44:04 PM  
Ejection seat good: free from burning plane

Parachute bad: drifting down into the burning pool of jet fuel
 
2017-07-17 02:44:05 PM  

Aulus: A guy I worked with years ago had been a jet mechanic in the Air Force. He told me about the time another mechanic was in the seat of a fighter in a hanger, doing some sort of service work when he accidentally hit the eject switch. It blew him and the seat right through the roof of the hanger. Needless to say, he died quickly.


Mmmm. The way I heard this story, he was rescued by a Pegasus.
 
2017-07-17 02:45:20 PM  
"Now, retract the landing gear as soon as the plane is airborne."

"Now?"

"No, when the plane OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING?" *pulls ejector*
 
2017-07-17 02:46:52 PM  
I guess the lesson to be learned here by the Belarus Air Force is that not everyone is suited to be a MIG jet fighter pilot.
 
2017-07-17 02:47:12 PM  
Call sign........Tail Dragger
 
2017-07-17 02:47:25 PM  

Stile4aly: TommyDeuce: And you may ask yourself, "Self, why is my plane on fire?"

THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL PLANE!


Letting the DAAAYS GO BY, Let the waters hold me down
 
2017-07-17 02:48:06 PM  
Is it just in case a South American druglord, assisted by a treasonous US army unit, happen to throw a couple of grenades into the cockpit?
 
2017-07-17 02:48:46 PM  
img.fark.net
/good to know...
 
2017-07-17 02:49:54 PM  

Stile4aly: TommyDeuce: And you may ask yourself, "Self, why is my plane on fire?"

THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL PLANE!


...ANY MORE.
 
2017-07-17 02:49:59 PM  
originaldave77.files.wordpress.com
 
2017-07-17 02:50:29 PM  

Aulus: A guy I worked with years ago had been a jet mechanic in the Air Force. He told me about the time another mechanic was in the seat of a fighter in a hanger, doing some sort of service work when he accidentally hit the eject switch. It blew him and the seat right through the roof of the hanger. Needless to say, he died quickly.


Your friend is blowing smoke.  There's no "eject switch."  Any modern seat has a face curtain handle and/or alternate handle at the base of the seat.  Except during flight, these handles are secured with a safety pin attached to a "Remove Before Flight" banner.  The last thing that happens before taxi is that the plane captain shows the pilot the removed seat safeties.  The first thing that happens when you shut down is insertion of the safeties by the plane captain.  NOBODY would work in a cockpit without checking the safeties.

/Martin Baker MkF5A rider.
 
2017-07-17 02:50:50 PM  
This is what happens when you use inferior vodak to fuel plane!
 
2017-07-17 02:51:58 PM  
Zero/zero ejection seats have been around for a bit, haven't they?
 
2017-07-17 02:53:52 PM  

stumpwiz: Aulus: A guy I worked with years ago had been a jet mechanic in the Air Force. He told me about the time another mechanic was in the seat of a fighter in a hanger, doing some sort of service work when he accidentally hit the eject switch. It blew him and the seat right through the roof of the hanger. Needless to say, he died quickly.

Your friend is blowing smoke.  There's no "eject switch."  Any modern seat has a face curtain handle and/or alternate handle at the base of the seat.  Except during flight, these handles are secured with a safety pin attached to a "Remove Before Flight" banner.  The last thing that happens before taxi is that the plane captain shows the pilot the removed seat safeties.  The first thing that happens when you shut down is insertion of the safeties by the plane captain.  NOBODY would work in a cockpit without checking the safeties.

/Martin Baker MkF5A rider.


Except when new and improved Remove Before Flight banners need to be installed for safety upgrade. Now in New Times Romansky.
 
2017-07-17 02:54:39 PM  
Is it because at takeoff fighter jets are full of jet fuel and explosives?
 
2017-07-17 02:57:08 PM  
Subby, I have never wondered about that.

But my buddy Lawrence Flint Esq., and I, have wondered what would happen if you drugged up some bears, strapped them into B-58 ejector seats, and pulled the lever at Mach 2.

Convair B-58 HUSTLER supersonic ejection tests
Youtube -KLnqorLgDM
 
2017-07-17 02:57:14 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2017-07-17 02:58:27 PM  
Good friend of mine from high school went on to the Air Force Academy.  Was his lifelong goal to fly F16's, which was he ended up doing. Got stationed at Misawa AFB in 1998.  Was mid-July, and something went horribly wrong as he was taking off.  He was able to eject, but then right came back down into the flaming wreckage.  Third degree burns over 80% of his body.   He lived and they actually thought he might ultimately survive, until infection finally got him that September.

Looks like the reports are still online.

/not so CSB
//gone but certainly not forgotten
 
2017-07-17 03:00:19 PM  
Looks like dragged his ass across the runway.
 
2017-07-17 03:02:02 PM  
There are actually switches called WOW switches that won't let the gear retract if there is Weight On the Wheels, but what some hotshots do is put the gear handle up during the takeoff roll so that the gear will come up immediately once the plane is flying. Sometimes there may be a dip in the runway, or a little downdraft, or the plane settles a little.

I was looking for my old computer wallpaper showing an F-15E doing this and scraping the centerline fuel tank. Can't find it. I'll have to go to the Archives for it. The rumor was all F-15 pilots are hotshots and they all do this at least once, so all the centerline fuel tanks have scrapes on them. But I can't find any pictures of that either.

/maybe it's all a dream
 
2017-07-17 03:02:14 PM  

Aulus: A guy I worked with years ago had been a jet mechanic in the Air Force. He told me about the time another mechanic was in the seat of a fighter in a hanger, doing some sort of service work when he accidentally hit the eject switch. It blew him and the seat right through the roof of the hanger. Needless to say, he died quickly.


Many moons ago my folks took me to the Willow Grove Naval Air Station for a show- lots of neat aircraft, Blue Angels were going to be there, etc.   The day started off kind of bad when one of the big staircases into an airplane overbalanced and collapsed, injuring a bunch of folks, albeit none horribly.

Later in the day though...   It was hot so my parents were getting some shade under the wing of an airplane while I had gone off to stand in line to get into a helicopter.  Suddenly there was an immense BOOM about two airplanes over.  There was a bunch of smoke, a tumbling seat and a parachute that ended up draped over the plane my folks were sitting under.

A seven year old boy had been sitting in the cockpit of an S3 Viking and he was busy fiddling with the controls like any 7 year old would do in that situation.  Some moron hadn't properly safed the ejection seat, and the kid blew himself through the canopy.    It killed him and injured a pile of people around the airplane.  (Link says he was hospitalized- he didn't make it out the day)  It was the last show there for many years.
 
2017-07-17 03:02:55 PM  
Did anyone else hear the them song from back to the future while watching that?
 
2017-07-17 03:02:59 PM  
I got a "SuperDave Osborn" vibe from watching that....
 
2017-07-17 03:04:20 PM  

Thor's Mighty Wrench: Is it just in case a South American druglord, assisted by a treasonous US army unit, happen to throw a couple of grenades into the cockpit?


Seemed pretty obvious to me. *shrugs*
 
2017-07-17 03:08:33 PM  

stumpwiz: Aulus: A guy I worked with years ago had been a jet mechanic in the Air Force. He told me about the time another mechanic was in the seat of a fighter in a hanger, doing some sort of service work when he accidentally hit the eject switch. It blew him and the seat right through the roof of the hanger. Needless to say, he died quickly.

Your friend is blowing smoke.  There's no "eject switch."  Any modern seat has a face curtain handle and/or alternate handle at the base of the seat.  Except during flight, these handles are secured with a safety pin attached to a "Remove Before Flight" banner.  The last thing that happens before taxi is that the plane captain shows the pilot the removed seat safeties.  The first thing that happens when you shut down is insertion of the safeties by the plane captain.  NOBODY would work in a cockpit without checking the safeties.

/Martin Baker MkF5A rider.


I don't know the ins and outs about ejection seat safety but people have a way of finding their way past all of the safety measures in place for pretty much anything regardless of the amount of training or steps or whatever.

Military training mishaps are almost always someone (or more) doing something galactically stupid along the way, usually ignoring signs or warnings or training that says "NO MATTER WHAT DO NOT DO THIS, YOU OR OTHERS WILL DIE!".
 
2017-07-17 03:09:46 PM  
Many years ago, my former Wing Commander was involved in a mid-air collision with an F-16 carrying Bill Elliott. Mac was a really tall, lanky guy, and his only injury after punching out was a broken pinkie finger.  It was before my time, but I got to see the investigation photos and it is amazing that they all walked away.
 
2017-07-17 03:11:20 PM  
This story comes from an airline pilot buddy of mine who heard it in turn from one of his Captains several years back. So definitely a friend of a friend story involving pilots, she feel free to sprinkle even more salt than usual.

The story goes that for the earlier jet fighters they would fly in large formations. Indeed part of the story is that they would come back from flights with their tails covered in soot from the exhaust of jets they were in formation with. It also meant that they would take off with at least four fighters in formation simultaneously. And to show how cool they were, instead of rotating they'd just raise the gear when they were going fast enough. So when the "New Guy" raised his gear with the rest would crash on his belly since he was at the outside and rear of the formation, and not going quite fast enough yet.

While it certainly could've happened a couple of times, I'm incredibly dubious that this was a regular thing that happened to all new pilots. But a humorous visual regardless, so there you go.
 
2017-07-17 03:12:41 PM  

IRQ12: stumpwiz: Aulus: A guy I worked with years ago had been a jet mechanic in the Air Force. He told me about the time another mechanic was in the seat of a fighter in a hanger, doing some sort of service work when he accidentally hit the eject switch. It blew him and the seat right through the roof of the hanger. Needless to say, he died quickly.

Your friend is blowing smoke.  There's no "eject switch."  Any modern seat has a face curtain handle and/or alternate handle at the base of the seat.  Except during flight, these handles are secured with a safety pin attached to a "Remove Before Flight" banner.  The last thing that happens before taxi is that the plane captain shows the pilot the removed seat safeties.  The first thing that happens when you shut down is insertion of the safeties by the plane captain.  NOBODY would work in a cockpit without checking the safeties.

/Martin Baker MkF5A rider.

I don't know the ins and outs about ejection seat safety but people have a way of finding their way past all of the safety measures in place for pretty much anything regardless of the amount of training or steps or whatever.

Military training mishaps are almost always someone (or more) doing something galactically stupid along the way, usually ignoring signs or warnings or training that says "NO MATTER WHAT DO NOT DO THIS, YOU OR OTHERS WILL DIE!".


Like this guy?
Man gets sucked into Jet engine airtake
Youtube 5FsrNEeqd6Q
 
2017-07-17 03:13:28 PM  
It would be more complex to build them not to work while the plane is still on the ground. I think the only time the designer worry about the pilot ejecting while still on the ground is when calculating the rocket(s) force. The seat must be sent high enough so the parachute as time to do its job. But that might just be a side effect of making sure the pilot is sent far enough from the aircraft in case it explode.
 
2017-07-17 03:13:39 PM  
Belarus. I do not envy that pilot's immediate future.
 
2017-07-17 03:13:49 PM  
To bad this wasn't an early model F-104 with the Stanley C-1 ejector seat.
 
2017-07-17 03:16:06 PM  

Forbidden Doughnut: I got a "SuperDave Osborn" vibe from watching that....

An unnamed civilian passenger in an air force display plane accidentally activated the ejector seat....


Telegraph link
DailyFail link


img.fark.net

/Dear Make-a-Wish foundation....
 
2017-07-17 03:17:08 PM  
Wouldn't ever want to be the bomb-nax or navigator on a B52 and have to eject.

theaviationist.com
 
2017-07-17 03:18:07 PM  

priapic_abandon2: Wouldn't ever want to be the bomb-nax or navigator on a B52 and have to eject.

[theaviationist.com image 800x527]


*bomb-nav
 
2017-07-17 03:20:34 PM  
Homer is not a Pilot
Youtube nuSmA8PfaoA
 
2017-07-17 03:20:35 PM  

Yellow Beard: IRQ12: stumpwiz: Aulus: A guy I worked with years ago had been a jet mechanic in the Air Force. He told me about the time another mechanic was in the seat of a fighter in a hanger, doing some sort of service work when he accidentally hit the eject switch. It blew him and the seat right through the roof of the hanger. Needless to say, he died quickly.

Your friend is blowing smoke.  There's no "eject switch."  Any modern seat has a face curtain handle and/or alternate handle at the base of the seat.  Except during flight, these handles are secured with a safety pin attached to a "Remove Before Flight" banner.  The last thing that happens before taxi is that the plane captain shows the pilot the removed seat safeties.  The first thing that happens when you shut down is insertion of the safeties by the plane captain.  NOBODY would work in a cockpit without checking the safeties.

/Martin Baker MkF5A rider.

I don't know the ins and outs about ejection seat safety but people have a way of finding their way past all of the safety measures in place for pretty much anything regardless of the amount of training or steps or whatever.

Military training mishaps are almost always someone (or more) doing something galactically stupid along the way, usually ignoring signs or warnings or training that says "NO MATTER WHAT DO NOT DO THIS, YOU OR OTHERS WILL DIE!".

Like this guy?
[YouTube video]


Didn't that guy survive?
 
2017-07-17 03:20:36 PM  
Per the investigation he retracted the landing gear to rapidly slow the aircraft and prevent it from crashing into civilian buildings after one of the engines caught fire.
 
2017-07-17 03:23:23 PM  

TommyDeuce: And you may ask yourself, "Self, why is my plane on fire?"

And you may say to your self "am I right am I wrong, and you may say to yourself ... Back up what have I done"
 
2017-07-17 03:24:32 PM  

stumpwiz: Aulus: A guy I worked with years ago had been a jet mechanic in the Air Force. He told me about the time another mechanic was in the seat of a fighter in a hanger, doing some sort of service work when he accidentally hit the eject switch. It blew him and the seat right through the roof of the hanger. Needless to say, he died quickly.

Your friend is blowing smoke.  There's no "eject switch."  Any modern seat has a face curtain handle and/or alternate handle at the base of the seat.  Except during flight, these handles are secured with a safety pin attached to a "Remove Before Flight" banner.  The last thing that happens before taxi is that the plane captain shows the pilot the removed seat safeties.  The first thing that happens when you shut down is insertion of the safeties by the plane captain.  NOBODY would work in a cockpit without checking the safeties.

/Martin Baker MkF5A rider.


All I know is what my co-worker told me, and that was almost 40 years ago, with the incident probably another 5 or so years before that. I'd hazard a guess all the current safety protocols were not in place back then.
 
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