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An ARO Inc. test facility craftsman, makes an adjustment on a half-scale model of an aircraft ejection seat prior to a wind tunnel test at the Arnold Engineering Development Center

U.S. Air Force maintenance personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, work on the ejection seat in the cockpit of a F-4D Phantom II aircraft. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

Midshipman, Cindy Mason prepares to pull down the face curtain that will launch the ejection seat up the track of the ejection seat trainer. Ejection seat training is a part of a one-week aviation training program for students enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

A female midshipman tightens the torso harness on an ejection seat trainer. Ejection seat training is part of a one-week aviation training program for students enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

A midshipman pulls the face curtain that will launch a simulated ejection seat up the track of an ejection seat trainer. Ejection seat training is part of a one-week aviation training program for students enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

A female midshipman tightens the torso harness on an ejection seat trainer. Ejection seat training is part of a one-week aviation training program for students enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

A camera picks up the action as LT Flower, seated in the ejection seat, pushes the ejection button at the U.S. Air Force Navigation School

S02-02-861 - STS-002 - Commander Engle floats on Aft Flight Deck in front of the Onorbit Station

S01-07-535 - STS-001 - Pilot Crippen readies equipment at forward flight deck pilots station

S01-07-532 - STS-001 - Forward flight deck Commanders and Pilots Stations

S01-07-534 - STS-001 - Pilot Crippen readies equipment at forward flight deck pilots station

S01-06-487 - STS-001 - Commander Young reviews FDF procedures and adjusts RHC on forward flight deck

S01-07-540 - STS-001 - Commander Young reviews clipboard notes and procedures on forward flight deck

S01-06-489 - STS-001 - Commander Young reviews FDF procedures and adjusts RHC on forward flight deck

S02-02-853 - STS-002 - Aft Flight Deck Mission Station and Onorbit Station documentation

S01-07-541 - STS-001 - Commander Young reviews clipboard notes and procedures on forward flight deck

S01-07-531 - STS-001 - Forward flight deck Commanders and Pilots Stations

An aircraft ejection seat, with a scale model mannequin, undergoes a wind tunnel test

S01-06-485 - STS-001 - Commander Young points COAS out forward flight deck window W3

S01-06-492 - STS-001 - Commander Young reviews FDF procedures on forward flight deck

S01-07-498 - STS-001 - Commander Young reviews FDF procedures on forward flight deck

S01-06-486 - STS-001 - Commander Young reviews FDF procedures and adjusts RHC on forward flight deck

S01-06-478 - STS-001 - Commander Young reviews FDF procedures on forward flight deck

S02-02-856 - STS-002 - Aft Flight Deck Onorbit Station documentation

S01-07-533 - STS-001 - Pilot Crippen readies equipment at forward flight deck pilots station

S01-06-488 - STS-001 - Commander Young reviews FDF procedures and adjusts RHC on forward flight deck

S03-23-179 - STS-003 - Pilot Fullerton reviews FDF and TAGS printout on forward flight deck

S03-25-222 - STS-003 - Commander Lousma sleeps on aft flight deck

S04-28-325 - STS-004 - Forward flight deck Pilots Stations

S03-22-141 - STS-003 - Forward and Aft Flight Deck documentation

S04-28-320 - STS-004 - Commander Mattingly reviews FDF procedures and sips beverage on flight deck

S03-23-180 - STS-003 - Pilot Fullerton reviews FDF and TAGS printout on forward flight deck

S03-22-130 - STS-003 - Pilot Fullerton reviews FDF checklist at forward flight deck pilots station

S04-28-326 - STS-004 - Forward flight deck Commander's Stations

A candidate straps himself into an ejection seat trainer at the Aviation Officer Candidate School

A sailor checks to see that a candidate is securely strapped into an ejection seat simulator at Aviation Officer Candidate School

S04-24-186 - STS-004 - Aft flight deck documentation includes Onorbit and Mission Stations

S04-28-329 - STS-004 - Forward flight deck Commander's Stations

S03-21-110 - STS-003 - Commander Lousma review FDF plans on aft flight deck

S04-28-327 - STS-004 - Forward flight deck Commander's Stations

S03-20-073 - STS-003 - Pilot Fullerton removes equipment from stowage location on Aft Flight Deck

S03-19-004 - STS-003 - Commander Lousma reviews FDF procedures on forward flight deck

S03-21-111 - STS-003 - Pilot Fullerton review FDF plans on aft flight deck

S04-24-154 - STS-004 - Commander Mattingly floats above ejection seat (S1) while looking out W2

Engineers C. L. Smith and Air Force CPT Walter West examine a half-scale F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft forebody, ejection seat and instrumented aircrew mannequin, used to measure aerodynamic forces on the human body during emergency ejection at speeds up to 900 miles per hour

S03-22-131 - STS-003 - Pilot Fullerton reviews FDF checklist at forward flight deck pilots station

S03-31-289 - STS-003 - Pilot Fullerton in ejection escape suit (EES) on aft flight deck

S04-24-187 - STS-004 - Aft flight deck documentation includes Onorbit and Mission Stations

S04-28-328 - STS-004 - Forward flight deck Pilots Stations

S03-31-290 - STS-003 - Pilot Fullerton in ejection escape suit (EES) on aft flight deck

CDR Klaus Pflueger checks LT J.G. Winfried Frank out on the ejection seat of an F-104G Starfighter aircraft during training conducted by the 69th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron. The officers are West German navy pilots

STAFF Sergeant Mark H. Smotherman, a life-support specialist with the 10th Tactical Air Support Squadron, assists Captian Ronald W. Eifert during ejection seat training

AIRMAN Timothy M. Garczynski, aerospace physiology specialist, tests an ejection seat trainer after a malfunctioning trigger has been repaired

SENIOR AIRMAN Manuel Topete (foreground) and AIRMAN Timothy M. Garczynski, aerospace physiology specialists, inspect a malfunctioning trigger of an ejection seat trainer

Technical Sergeant Santos Navarette (right) and AIRMAN Timothy M. Garczynski, aerospace physiology specialists, test an ejection seat trainer after a malfunctioning trigger has been repaired

AIRMAN Timothy M. Garczynski (left) aerospace physiology specialist, explains the functions of various controls of an ejection seat trainer to AIRMAN First Class Brian M. Brelje

Sergeant (SGT) James L. Thomspon, aircraft maintenance technician assigned to the 56th Engineering Maintenance Squadron, makes a routine inspection of an ejection seat

Five members of Attack Squadron 147 (VA-147) discuss the operation and maintenance of an A-7 Corsair II aircraft ejection seat aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

The 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron life support officer explains the ejection seat to a Thai pilot prior to his familiarization flight in an F-15 Eagle aircraft. The US and Thailand are participating in COMMANDO WEST IX, a joint US and Thailand training exercise

An officer of the Air Force Dental Investigations Service places weights inside the head of a dummy. The dummy is being used to represent a human pilot to test the effect of different weights during flight in an ejection seat

A student practices on the dynamic ejection seat trainer at the station's Aviation Physiology Training Unit

An interior view of the cockpit of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft shows the RSSK-1A Rigid Seat Survival Kit, which secures a life raft and survival equipment to a jet crewman's ejection seat system. The cockpit is on display at the station's Aviation Physiology Training Unit

An Escapac IF-3 ejection seat is displayed at the station's Aviation Physiology Training Unit

A student practices on the dynamic ejection seat trainer at the station's Aviation Physiology Training Unit

A Stencel A-7 ejection seat is displayed at the station's Aviation Physiology Training Unit

A student practices on the dynamic ejection seat trainer at the station's Aviation Physiology Training Unit

A student practices on the dynamic ejection seat trainer at the station's Aviation Physiology Training Unit

An RSSK-8 Rigid Seat Survival Kit, which secures a life raft and survival equipment to a jet crewman's ejection seat system, is displayed at the station's Aviation Physiology Training Unit

A Martin Baker MK-GR7-7 ejection seat is displayed at the station's Aviation Physiology Training Unit

A student practices on the dynamic ejection seat trainer at the station's Aviation Physiology Training Unit

A student practices on the dynamic ejection seat trainer at the station's Aviation Physiology Training Unit

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Gary L. Hicks, F-4E Phantom II aircraft crew chief, 336th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, pulls the ejection seat safety pins on an F-4E aircraft prior to its departure for a"bandit"mission during Exercise AMALGAM CHIEF'88. The exercise is a test of the Air Force's ability to intercept enemy missiles and aircraft in the event of an attack on the continental United States

SGT Mark Briery and SRA Tom Vessie of the 57th Component Repair Squadron consult technical data while working on an aircraft ejection seat in the squadron's egress shop. The shop maintains ejection equipment for 104 aircraft. Exact Date Shot Unknown

SGT James Atherton and AMN Rodney Thomas of the 57th Component Repair Squadron inspect an ACES-II ejection seat in the squadron's egress shop. The shop maintains ejection equipment for 104 aircraft. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Members of the 57th Component Repair Squadron use a crane to pull an ACES-II ejection seat from the cockpit of an F-15C Eagle aircraft in the squadron's egress shop. The shop maintains ejection equipment for 104 aircraft. Exact Date Shot Unknown

SSGT Ronald McCormick of the 57th Component Repair Squadron supervises Air Force personnel as they disconnect an F-15C Eagle aircraft's ejection seat in the squadron's egress shop. The shop maintains ejection equipment for 104 aircraft. Exact Date Shot Unknown

SENIOR AIRMAN Tom W. Vessie attaches the cable of a Cobra crane to an ACESII ejection seat of an F-15C Eagle aircraft as SGT. Mike W. Briery consults a manual to determine proper removal of the seat. Both men are members of the 57th Component Repair Squad

AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Carl Johnson, 57th Component Repair Squadron, operates the controls of a Cobra crane which is being used to remove an ACESII ejection seat from an F-15C Eagle aircraft

A close-up view of an inertial reel initiator, a component of the ACESII ejection seat

Sergeant (SGT) James W. Atherton and AIRMAN (AMN) Rodney L. Thomas remove an inertial reel initiator from an ACESII ejection seat. Both men are members of the 57th Component Repair Squadron

Sergeant (SGT) James W. Atherton and AIRMAN (AMN) Rodney L. Thomas remove the back rest pad from an ACESII ejection seat. Both men are members of the 57th Component Repair Squadron

SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Tom W. Vessie and Sergeant (SGT) Mike W. Briery stabilize an ACESII ejection seat as it is removed from an F-15C Eagle aircraft by a Cobra crane. Both men are members of the 57th Component Repair Squadron

SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Tom W. Vessie and Sergeant Mike W. Briery, both members of the 57th Component Repair Squadron, secure the cable of a Cobra crane to the ACESII ejection seat of an F-15C Eagle aircraft. The crane is being used to remove the seat from t

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Ronald D. McCormick observes and Sergeant (SGT) Mike W. Briery consults a manual as SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Tom W. Vessie facilitates the removal of an ACESII ejection seat from an F-15C Eagle aircraft by a Cobra crane. The men are memb

Members of the 57th Component Repair Squadron use a Cobra crane to remove an ACESII ejection seat from an F-15C Eagle aircraft

A view of the rear ejection seat in the cockpit of a Swiss-made Pilatus PC-9 aircraft that is undergoing evaluation by a U.S. Army test board

San Antonio Air Logistics Center. Mike Grost, chief investigator at the Life Support Equipment Investigation Laboratory, and colleague James Dugan study a model to determine flaws in an aircraft ejection seat. Grost analyzes flight gear, clothing, life support equipment and aircraft parts to determine the cause of plane accidents in the interest of preventing future tragedies

A view of the Advanced Dynamic Anthromorphic Mannequin (ADAM). ADAM, which is designed to simulate and record human body responses during ejection from high-performance aircraft, will be used to test an experimental ejection seat at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M

Bob Price, Director of the Tactical Air Command's Training Systems Center, sits at the controls of an F-15E Eagle aircraft ejection seat trainer

GYSGT Vince Jones and LCPL Carl A. Forester install an ejection seat in a Marine Attack Squadron 332 (VMA-332) A-6E Intruder aircraft

PFC Pedro White packs a seat pan for a plane's ejection seat in the life raft/seat pan shop

PFC Pedro White packs a seat pan for a plane's ejection seat in the life raft/seat pan shop

Aviation Structural Mechanic E (Safety Equipment) AIRMAN Frank Herbert, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic E (Safety Equipment) 1ST Class Darrell Kuntz perform corrosion control maintenance on the SJU-5A ejection seat in an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft. Both men are from Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147), embarked aboard nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) during WestPac '93

Aviation Structural Mechanic E (Safety Equipment) AIRMAN Frank Herbert, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic E (Safety Equipment) 1ST Class Darrell Kuntz perform corrosion control maintenance on the SJU-5A ejection seat in an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft. Both men are from Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147), embarked aboard nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) during WestPac '93

Aviation Machinist Electrician Third Class Shane Martinez, Miami, Florida, conducts a release check of an ejection seat for an EA-6B electronic counter measures Prowler

STAFF SGT. Mark Emory and AIRMAN Ken Horn, 51st Fighter Wing, troubleshoot an ejection seat. The egress technicians play a vital role in ensuring wing pilots survive any potential bailouts, whether they be in peacetime or war. Exact Date Shot Unknown Published in AIRMAN Magazine September 1996

Crew CHIEF A1C Edward Pogue assists F-15 Pilot, CPT Tim Coulon in snapping his ejection seat harness prior to an aerial mission. Both men are assigned to the 553rd Fighter Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base and are supporting the world's largest joint service, multi-national tactical air operations exercise

SSGT James Rutske (left) and SRA Kelly Roy, Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists, evaluate an x-ray image of an ejection seat initiator

U.S. Marine Corps CPT Theodore S. Johnson, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron Three One Four (VMFA-314), straps into the ejection seat of an F/A-18C Hornet during start-up and launch procedures for his next flight aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). Nimitz and her embarked air wing nine (CVW-9) are operating in the Persian Gulf, enforcing UN sanction against Iraq by patrolling the no-fly zone under operation Southern Watch

An A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft Crew CHIEF assigned to the 74th Fighter Squadron (FS), 23rd Fighter Group (FG), Pope Air Force Base (AFB), North Carolina, removes an ACES II ejection seat, during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998