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retirement "gift" goes so wrong--eject eject eject!

sdifox

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Lol hope he was wearing diapers. Who the hell thought sticking a 65 year old in a fighter jet without asking is a good idea?
 

kage69

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Was going to say that's a hell of a way to lose a perfectly great fighter, but the other seat malfunctioned? Nice! Landed "al fresco" heh

Loved this excerpt:

"Well, mistakes were made. Lots of them. Since this treat was to be a surprise, the recipient didn't get much of a briefing on what to expect. His g-suit pants weren't on correctly, his seat harness wasn't tight, and his helmet—and oxygen mask—were unbuckled as the plane taxied to the runway at Saint-Dizier 113 air base. He was so nervous that his heartbeat was around 140 beats per minute just from climbing into the plane. Our reluctant Goose did get medical clearance from a doctor, but only four hours before the flight, and with an important stipulation: no negative g's. The way the rest of this was unfolding, do you want to guess whether there were negative g's? Mais oui."


Haha. Just toss those pants man. Don't even try.
 

pmv

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Wow. That did not go well.
I was thinking it could have gone a hell of a lot worse. He only suffered minor injuries, and, from that account, it was only good-bad-luck that the front seat didn't fire and the pilot wasn't ejected as well, which presumably would have meant the total loss of the aircraft (and whatever it eventually landed on?).

Oh, and plus they presumably also discovered about the defect in the double-ejection system. He did them a favour, stress-testing the system. (Perhaps like Trump and the Constitution)

Always look on the bright side of life...


(Does the Oval Office have an ejector seat?)
 

pmv

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If so, make sure it's marked with a huge sign saying 'Mr President, do not press this button'.
 
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ch33zw1z

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Lol, it all reads like a goof ball movie. I just picture Mr. Bean stumbling into a fighter right before take off
 
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BoomerD

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I especially liked this line:

"Apparently the quick and dirty safety briefing failed to properly emphasize the fact that the black-and-yellow striped loop in the middle of the seat, between his legs, was not a grab handle but the trigger for the ejection seat."
 
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UNCjigga

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Somewhere, a well-deserved Darwin Award is still collecting dust on a shelf...
 

tweaker2

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I think there's a whole lot of adrenalin junkies that would pay good money to eject themselves out of a perfectly operating fighter aircraft for the rush.

As well, I think there's a whole lot of entrepreneurs out there that just had a fantastic idea for a profitable novel use of that proven safe ejection seat.

Voila, a case of supply and demand in action.
 
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cytg111

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Holy crap.
So ... on the high HIGH of this dudes panic attack ... he pulls the eject handle. I mean. Damn.
.......... im not a good person, this is entirely too funny... either he came down forever a broken man with a world record level of ptsd -OR- he met god up there and is now forever a true messenger of the lord.
 
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Holy crap.
So ... on the high HIGH of this dudes panic attack ... he pulls the eject handle. I mean. Damn.
.......... im not a good person, this is entirely too funny... either he came down forever a broken man with a world record level of ptsd -OR- he met god up there and is now forever a true messenger of the lord.
No telling what kind of person he is. Either he's waking up with nightmares of falling, or he has one of the best stories anybody has ever had to tell (or both).
 

Thump553

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Personally I would have loved a fighter jet ride as a retirement gift-if they included the negative gs (to an extent). But not as a surprise, and certainly not without adequate briefing and preparation.
 
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