from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A seat fitted with an explosive charge and designed to eject the occupant clear of an aircraft during an in-flight emergency.
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- n. A seat in an aircraft which can be ejected from the cockpit and thus save the pilots life when a crash is imminent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a pilot's seat in an airplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency; then the pilot descends by parachute
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On February 7, 1967, he and Buzz flew a T-38 to Los Angeles to be custom-fitted for an LLRV ejection seat at Weber Aircraft.
This was the first ejection seat bailout by an Air Group Five pilot.
(My Air Force career almost terminated during a few emotional shouting matches about this ejection seat in 1964, but we did clean up the F-106 and for the moment reliability and pilot survival triumphed over sterile and unduly complicated engineering and manufacturing techniques.)
Powered by a 75-millimeter shell, the cartridge fired the same type of ejection seat that had launched Armstrong to safety from his damaged Panther back in September 1951.
Interestingly, back before the LLRVs came to Houston, Armstrong had been present at Edwards to observe ground tests in which the FRC engineers, in association with technicians from Weber Aircraft, tested the lightweight ejection seat less than 100 pounds at different angles.
He sat in a specially designed rocket ejection seat built by Weber Aircraft, one of the least known of the American ejection seat manufacturers, yet one of the largest.
“Crewmember death occurred when ejection was attempted out of the ejection seat envelope.”