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Ejection Tie Club

Here at Martin-Baker, we run an exclusive club that unifies all pilots whose lives we’ve helped save: life membership of the Ejection Tie Club is confined solely to those who have emergency ejected from an aircraft using a Martin-Baker ejection seat, which has thereby saved their life.

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Eddie Shapiro

“I ejected at ~24,000 feet from my Mirage IIIc with a Martin-Baker JM6 seat, after a mid-air collision at a closing speed of Mach 2.4. The collision had severed my left wing and engine and I was free-falling to earth in the cockpit and right wing, which was on fire. I pulled the lower lever and ejected but fainted after my vertebrae crushed (I was slumped forward at ignition which, although unavoidable, was a bad idea).

When I came to I realized that I was plummeting to earth with no parachute. I desperately began searching for the emergency handle, but had recently moved from A4’s and couldn’t remember where it was positioned.

At ~14,000 feet the parachute automatically opened. Despite the pain in my spine, at some stage during the 10 minute descent, I thanked Martin-Baker for saving my life.”

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