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Eject! Eject!

Eject! Eject!

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Without doubt by its very nature there must be a constant battle between aircraft/missile performance and the safe deliverance of aircrew from an aircraft that is too fast, fatally compromised, too low, spinning too much, taking cannon shells or is on fire and for this reason no doubt work will continue. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

If I had a any criticism at all, it would be that the people who maintain these seats day in day out get short shrift- this is all about the occupants. Packed with interviews with aircrew who know exactly how it feels to 'Bang Out' from an aircraft at high speed, both in peace and in war, the book gives the reader a vivid sense of what that life-saving experience feels like, but also features the moving accounts of what happens next, from the viewpoint of both the crews and their families, who often have little or no information about whether or not their loved ones have survived. When Jo Lancaster, the first British pilot to eject in an emergency, triggered his ejection seat in 1949, it took thirty seconds before he was safely away from the aircraft and under his parachute. The fact that he’d never designed or built a plane and had never even flown did not seem to deter him. Captured, tortured and held as a prisoner of war, John was paraded on television, provoking worldwide condemnation and leaving one of the most enduring images of the conflict.Spitfire, Lancaster, and Tornado all followed the same format of using the often fascinating stories of those involved to tell a bigger story, and Eject! As the author has had to be diplomatic in some areas, feelings run deep and memories are long, the book has a feel of 'now it can be told' just not completely. Sadly, although I chose it because I was fascinated by modern ejection-seat technology , it was the human stories that achieved most impact on me. Nichol is perhaps at his best in his account of the early work of the Martin-Baker Aircraft Company, the pioneering British manufacturer of ejection seats, whose products – as of the date of publication – have saved 7,681 lives. begins with Nichol interviewing Lancaster, whose story serves as an important reminder that, as well as being a book about engineering, this is fundamentally a book about “what it means to be given another chance”.

The tales they told about, of course, being lucky to be alive were accompanied by lifelong disability and regrets like the poor young woman who would have loved to have been able to wear a skirt and a nice blouse - an option forever lost to her.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. He devised and presented 2 series of Survivors, interviewing newsmakers who have been through life changing experiences. You'd think that all the stories would get samey- banging out of an aircraft- but they really don't. It was partly due to the death of Squadron Leader William Davie, a 25-year-old test pilot who died after attempting to bail out of his Gloster Meteor in August 1943 – plummeting through the roof of a hangar at Farnborough – that prompted the Air Ministry finally to commission Martin to come up with a workable British system. In 1928, he moved to Denham in Buckinghamshire, where he hung a sign on the front of an old linoleum factory, “Martin’s Aircraft Works”.

On active duty during the first Gulf War in 1991, his Tornado bomber was shot down during a mission over Iraq. Nichol tells the story of the brave men who risked their lives testing those early devices, and interviewed the first British pilot to eject back in 1949, when ejection, from pulling the handle to being under the parachute, took thirty seconds. Please Note: By their very nature, all signed books will have been handled several times before they get to you. No one would ever want to have to use an ejection seat, but thank goodness some people have – and have lived to tell the tale.This may result in small marks to the dustjacket and title page, please also bear in mind that each signature will be a little different from the one we show here. I especially liked the way several airmen’s and navigator’s stories were interwoven through the book as it progressed. Nichol tells the remarkable tale of how the ejection seat was first conceived during the Second World War as countless lives were lost in accidents and in battle.



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