Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bailing Out of JSF

Bailing Out of JSF: "No, this is not the latest update on the Dutch plans for their F-16 replacement. BAE Systems today reports that ejection seat testing for the F-35 has been completed.

BAE Systems has released this video of one of the tests:

More than 30 ejections have been undertaken, the company says, at various sites in the U.S., U.K. and France. They included ejections of a mannequin at more than 600 mph.

Martin-Baker provides the US16E ejection seat (although Goodrich is still trying to get in on the JSF action).

In a statement, BAE Systems test manager Rick Whittaker says “ejecting
from an aircraft like F-35 typically takes no more than three seconds from the time the ejection handle is pulled to the pilot being on a parachute.'


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