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Ejection trials complete

A British industry team led by BAE Systems has completed the final tests on the ejection or escape system for all variants of the F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft. The system has been certified as safe for flight after a series of rigorous tests. The escape system, used in emergency situations, ensures pilots can eject safely and will be fitted to all 3,000+ F-35 aircrafts, which will be flown by armed forces across the globe.
The system has been tested to its limits, as a full-scale front section of the aircraft, complete with ejection seat and mannequin was launched at speeds in excess of 600mph down a test track. More than 30 ejection seat tests have been completed in the UK, France and the USA.
The final test which took place at Martin Baker’s facility at Chalgrove Airfield in Oxfordshire, UK, BAE Systems’ test manager Rick Whittaker said “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. You can imagine how quickly everything happens. Incredibly, during the tests up to 900,000 measurements were recorded every second and I am pleased to say the systems performed really well.”
 


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