Recently I had the privilege of spending some time with the F-35 Martin-Baker team. Martin-Baker is the world’s most experienced manufacturer of aircraft ejection seats and related survival equipment. The corporation is the primary contractor building the F-35’s US16E ejection seat.
While at their site in the U.K., I toured their state of the art facility and spoke with James and Andrew Martin about their plans to ensure they are ready for the increase in production occurring in the next few years. In a huge win for the team, the ejection seat recently completed full qualification. As you can see from this picture, looks like I would be on the taller end of the spectrum for F-35 pilots. Thanks to everyone at Martin–Baker for making me feel welcomed and showing me a behind the scenes look at the most advanced ejection seat being utilized today!