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.

To search our collection of Ejectee testimonials please enter information in the below search bar. If you have an Ejection story of your own that you’d like to share with us to be shown on this page, please forward to information@martin-baker.co.uk.

Rick “Wolf” Bates

On 5 October 1972, while flying as a WSO in an F-4E on a fast fac (Wolf fac) mission, Martin-Baker saved my life. We were hit while doing 500 plus knots at about 2500 feet with about three “g”s on the jet. The seat worked perfectly. I lost my helmet, my gloves and my watch, and blood came out the pores of my hands. I landed with no problem except for all the north Vietnamese around me. I spent the next six months as a POW eventually arriving at the Hanoi Hilton.

After my repatriation I attended USAF pilot Training and was again assigned the F-4 which I flew for the next twenty years. I never thought twice about my safety. The seat was my best friend. I ended up with a bit more than 2,500 hours in the phantom.

After I retired from the Air Force I went to work for a defense contractor. I mostly flew F-100’s that my company had bought from the Danes. I’m sure you know that as soon as the Danes got the jets they removed the North American seats and installed Martin-Baker seats. These were the old ballistic seats with the blue and gold lanyards. I logged about 650 hours in those jets.

So you can see I’m partial to you product. I even have the Bremont watch with a red barrel. I thank you for saving my life… keep up the good work.

Rick Bates

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