Matthew “Shaggy” Klemish
My sincere thanks to everyone at Martin-Baker, past and present, for making ejection seats that save lives. On October 25, 1994, while on approach to USS Abraham Lincoln, we lost power in our left engine 8 to 10 seconds before landing and our F-14A subsequently departed from controlled flight. I ejected at approximately 60 feet above sea level, rolling through 70 degree left angle of bank.
I was out of position for ejection when I grabbed the lower handle, so my head was pinned to my chest throughout the ejection sequence, which provided an excellent view of seat-man separation and parachute deployment. The seat worked flawlessly.