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Curious accidental ejection Rafale

Old 14th Apr 2020, 09:19
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Originally Posted by cashash View Post
in the backseat of a Harrier GR3
Was it a "dickie" seat ???
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Old 14th Apr 2020, 13:13
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Originally Posted by superplum View Post
Was it a "dickie" seat ???
Well caught - obviously it a was a T4..
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Old 20th Apr 2020, 15:14
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Press release from MB...

The French BEA have publically released their accident report (A-2019-03-1) for the Rafale ejection that took place on 20 Mar 19. The Rafale is equipped with the Martin-Baker MkF16F ejection seat supplied by SMB in France.
This report documents 3 key events;

1. The manual ejection of the rear seat passenger

2. The normal function of the rear ejection seat

3. The aircraft inter-seat system failing to fire the front seat

The inter-seat system that failed to initiate the front seat, mentioned in point 3, is not supplied by Martin-Baker or SMB France. We therefore cannot comment on why this failure occurred.

We at Martin-Baker were pleased to learn that both pilot and passenger walked away from this mishap.

The MkF16F ejection seat has a 100% success rate with the first ejection dating back to 2008.
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Old 14th Dec 2020, 08:48
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Free rocket ride for French retiree.

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Old 14th Dec 2020, 09:21
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What a story. Well, written, too.
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Old 14th Dec 2020, 10:01
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So rather than retiring, he got fired?
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Old 14th Dec 2020, 14:41
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Not the lone event of this type: Slovenia Air Force had same thing in a Pilatus-PC-9 in March 2008. A joy ridealong that ended differently than planned. MB worked as advertised, pilot brought home the PC-9 sans canopy.
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