in recent years the air force investigation of accident reports has revealed that 73% of pilot fatalities occurred well the aircraft was still on the ground in order to reduce this high on the ground fatality rate a program was initiated to develop an ejection seat which would allow safe ejection from the aircraft even during the takeoff or landing role one of the primary requirements of the new seat was that it separated from the pilot quickly and effortlessly after preliminary development of the new seat was accomplished testing began at Edwards Air Force Base first came static firings from a dummy nose section static firings completed the dummy nose section with seat installed was mounted on a rocket-propelled sled for further testing the first test was on April 1st 1958 the purpose of this wet run was to confirm the parachute operation and feet separation system the sled was propelled in a fan velocity of 300 miles per hour to simulate flight speed condition booster firing and sweat operation were normal those seed ejection was normal beat separation was not accomplished and the parachute failed to deploy much valuable information was gained and except for the seat and parachute malfunction the firing was a complete success after the information from test number one was assembled and evaluated and further testing and altering was done on the seat separation system the sled was ready for the next run bedroom number two was scheduled for July 4th to demonstrate the now perfected seat separation device the results of tip number 2 were very similar to test number 1 more valuable information was gained leading to further improvements on the steep separation system two more tests were scheduled test number three for September first and test number four for October 12 at the completion of test number four the need for further refinement of the seat was being felt by the project engineers an additional test was therefore scheduled for December 25th 1958 this final test firing was the most successful of all in the seat separation was demonstrated parachute deployment might also have been demonstrated however due to a personnel error the subject was not fitted with a parachute on this firing a detailed report of these tests will be published early in 1959

F 3512 Tough Sledding: Ejection Seats

29 thoughts on “F 3512 Tough Sledding: Ejection Seats

  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    "The subject was not fitted with a parachute due to personnel error" LMAO πŸ˜‚

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    As an English man (not BRITISH, I hate that term) this has definitely got the English ironic twist to it. My hat comes off to whoever scripted it. Congratulations!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    picked a bad do to give up Valium

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    4:00 There have got to be better jobs in this here Air Force.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    That's hilarious. Really well done.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    NEVER VOLUNTEER

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    Clasic english humor …Mr Bean inspired at that !

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    with the hesitant co-operation of Norair?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    That was BRILLIANT! The humor was almost 'British' in its execution!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    test 'Pilot' Elmer Fudd brilliant great vid !

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    he gotta be the most dedicated employee of all time. He is invincible

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    I think this must have been made for an air force stag roast!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    "except for the seat and parachute malfunction the firing was a complete success"! Chutiye

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!!! I first saw it around 1984 at a presentation on escape systems history at the old Northrop museum annex at Hawthorne Airport (eventually became the Western Museum of Flight and moved to Torrance). I was a freshly minted engineer at the time and it inspired me to enter the field. A few years later I was a test engineer at McDonnel-Douglas Escape Systems and they had this film in their library. Had not seen it anywhere else since. Put together by Northrop's in-house film studio, the "after" scenes were filmed at Redondo Beach. Further inspired by this film, I took the liberty of doing something similar when we were testing seats at Holloman AFB in the 90s…dressed up in an orange flight suit, harness, and helmet, and posed with some wrecked test seats for photos …mailed them to my them to my family and friends =D Still have those somewhere…

    FYI: the banana is an homage to a story that dates back to early days of sled tests and it involved an insufficiently sedated chimpanzee…

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    Gotta love the sound effects lol

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    This was the ice breaker,
    before the boring stuff
    about gettin' killed 'n' sech.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    Jajajajajajjajajajajajajajajaj

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    ahahahahaahahahahah sick

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    I have heard of crazy but after it did not work the first time " COUNT ME OUT"

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    It's amazing that guy could survive that. Good thing they had soft sand surrounding it.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    Fuck you santa πŸŽ…

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    There is another version of this video for the zero/zero ejection seat. If anyone knows where a copy of it is, would enjoy seeing it again.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    I started cracking up pretty quick. The further he got into the test, the funnier it got.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    The pilot looks similar to Robbie Rotten (this one from We Are Number One meme) xD

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    I can not stop laughing πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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