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Who needs RIO's?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by TheGrinch, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. TheGrinch

    TheGrinch

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    Scotty,

    Do you know the story behind this one? Looks like a VF213 F14D. RIO must have had enough of his pilot.

    Grinch
     
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    I remember about 2 years ago a none flight officer was in the back seat near China Lake and punched out. Luckily the pilot had the eject select handle in a good posistion so only the back seater ejected. What I read in Aproach stated that the gun in the back, I think a higher up Army officer was getting a ride and the pilot went inverted. The officers hands were in his lap and when inverted he flenched and hit the e handle between his legs. I'll try to find the link to the artical in Aproach.

    This is not to say that the picture is of the incident I'm talking about though.
     
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    Thanks Dan,

    Appreciate the info, and the link to the Safety Center Website. My, things have come a long way...

    Grinch
     
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    Question - exactly how bad is it to eject while inverted?
     
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    Never done it, but it should be transparent to the user. From what I remember in the NACES seat there's a smaller chute that deploys to stabalize the seat in the correct posit. The airspeed is what gets you. The XO of my squadron in primary ejected from a Harrier in the Gulf War. He got hit by a SAM and by the time he ejected he was inverted. I think he was a few hundred feet above the deck. The Harrier seat has a spreader in the chute, so it can open rather quickly.
     
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    In the early F-104's, it would be a good thing at low altitude. Their ejection seats fired downward, through the bottom of the fuselage.