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.

The first pilot to be accepted into the Club was an RAF serviceman who ejected over what was then Rhodesia in January 1957. Since then, the Club has over 6,000 registered members.

The primary objective of the Club is to provide a distinctive tie to be worn with civilian clothing which provides a visible sign of the members’ common bond. Every Club member is given a certificate, membership card, patch, tie, pin or a brooch for the women. All Tie Club memorabilia depicts a red triangle warning sign, the recognised international danger symbol for an ejection seat.

The Ejection Tie Club was founded by Sir James Martin and is now run by Andrew Martin, the grandson of Sir James.

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John Peters

The first pilot to be accepted into the Club was an RAF serviceman who ejected over what was then Rhodesia in January 1957. Since then, the Club has over 6,000 registered members.

The primary objective of the Club is to provide a distinctive tie to be worn with civilian clothing which provides a visible sign of the members’ common bond. Every Club member is given a certificate, membership card, patch, tie, pin or a brooch for the women. All Tie Club memorabilia depicts a red triangle warning sign, the recognised international danger symbol for an ejection seat.

The Ejection Tie Club was founded by Sir James Martin and is now run by Andrew Martin, the grandson of Sir James.

EJECTION STORIES

No matter the decade, aircraft or air force, each and every one of the Club’s members have an incredible and heartwarming story to tell – we’re lucky enough to host a collection below.

Captain Ángel Guillermo Guerra Vara, EJECTEE #6177

Good day! I send you a cordial greeting and I wish you are well. First of all, allow me to introduce myself, I am Pilot Captain Ángel Guillermo Guerra Vara, I have served in the Mexican Air Force for more than 30 years, flying fixed-wing aircraft such as: Stearman PT-17, Bonanza F-33C, Cessna C-206, Schweizer SA 2-37A, King Air C-90A,…
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Francisco Visconti Osorio, EJECTEE #4381

This was in the Mirage M5-DV aircraft, acronym FAV-5471, in which, coincidentally, I made my first flight in Mirage aircraft, as a pilot-student, holding the rank of Lieutenant, in August 1973, in company of my instructor, the then Tcnel. Rafael Quintero Torres “TORO”. I flew many hours on this plane during my many privileged years as a Mirage pilot; but…
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Graham Clarke, EJECTEE #2149

It will be the 50th anniversary of my ejection this year, so I thought it would be a good time to record my experiences on the day. It was a sunny day in Cyprus and I was in Akrotiri as part of the 29 Sqn detachment from Wattisham. On the 8th of July 1971, I was an IWI (Interceptor Weapon…
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Steve Brown, EJECTEE #3372

3rd May 1983 was an interesting day. The Harrier Force was deployed in the field for TACEVAL. On our first launch, just as I was nozzling aft, the engine noise stopped, most warning lights came on and when the view out the front changed from blue sky to green field I ejected. It was estimated that I pulled the handle…
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Denzil Beard, EJECTEE #17

On the 67th anniversary of my ejection and having reached my 91st birthday, I thought it was about time, on behalf of my wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, that I expressed my thanks to the Martin-Baker Company for saving my life all those years ago. As you can see, much has happened since then. The service you have provided…
Read More

Patrick Deschrijver, EJECTEE #5083

Monday April 19, 1999, around 5:15 pm, two alpha jet 1B piloted by the commander “Pat” Deschrijver and the commander “Meumeu” Meunier, collided during an aerobatic session in the sky of Beauvechain . The pilots managed to eject in time, thanks to their ejection seats, Martin-Baker MK 10. One of them was slightly injured. After the bail out. The aircraft…
Read More

CDR Carlton L. Lavinder Jr., EJECTEE #2454

We received a lovely letter sent in to Martin-Baker America by the Lavinder family about their late father CDR Carlton L. Lavinder Jr., Ejectee #2454. The impact that our life saving product has not only on the aircrew that use it but also the family that surrounds them is so powerful, and that’s really shown in the attached letter below.
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AVM Henry Alan Merriman, EJECTEE #25

Dear Sir, I am writing on behalf of my 92 year old father, Air Vice Marshall Henry Alan Merriman ret’d. He is member number #25 of the Martin-Baker Ejection Tie Club as a result of an emergency ejection from a Hunter aircraft in January 1956 using a Martin-Baker ejection seat. My father has recently completed his personal memoirs of his…
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William H. Switzer, EJECTEE #4726

Two former US Navy aviators toasted the 40th anniversary of their ejection from an F-14 Tomcat, with the assistance of Yanks Air Museum and the Zoom Internet chat application. Then-Commander William H. Switzer III was the F-14 Tomcat pilot that day, 19 December 1981, when the aircraft fell victim to an improperly set arresting gear cable aboard the USS Constellation,…
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Ian Weaver Flt Lt (Ret’d), EJECTEE #4883

I have just celebrated the 26th anniversary of my life being saved by the Martin-Baker Mk10A Ejection Seat. On January 10th 1996 I was a Navigator taking part in a 2v1 training combat mission, flying out of RAF Conningsby in a Tornado F3 of 56(F) Squadron. During the first engagement, mine and the target aircraft collided head on, wing to…
Read More

Captain Ángel Guillermo Guerra Vara, EJECTEE #6177

Good day! I send you a cordial greeting and I wish you are well. First of all, allow me to introduce myself, I am Pilot Captain Ángel Guillermo Guerra Vara, I have served in the Mexican Air Force for more than 30 years, flying fixed-wing aircraft such as: Stearman PT-17, Bonanza F-33C, Cessna C-206, Schweizer SA 2-37A, King Air C-90A,…
Read More

Francisco Visconti Osorio, EJECTEE #4381

This was in the Mirage M5-DV aircraft, acronym FAV-5471, in which, coincidentally, I made my first flight in Mirage aircraft, as a pilot-student, holding the rank of Lieutenant, in August 1973, in company of my instructor, the then Tcnel. Rafael Quintero Torres “TORO”. I flew many hours on this plane during my many privileged years as a Mirage pilot; but…
Read More

Graham Clarke, EJECTEE #2149

It will be the 50th anniversary of my ejection this year, so I thought it would be a good time to record my experiences on the day. It was a sunny day in Cyprus and I was in Akrotiri as part of the 29 Sqn detachment from Wattisham. On the 8th of July 1971, I was an IWI (Interceptor Weapon…
Read More

Steve Brown, EJECTEE #3372

3rd May 1983 was an interesting day. The Harrier Force was deployed in the field for TACEVAL. On our first launch, just as I was nozzling aft, the engine noise stopped, most warning lights came on and when the view out the front changed from blue sky to green field I ejected. It was estimated that I pulled the handle…
Read More

Denzil Beard, EJECTEE #17

On the 67th anniversary of my ejection and having reached my 91st birthday, I thought it was about time, on behalf of my wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, that I expressed my thanks to the Martin-Baker Company for saving my life all those years ago. As you can see, much has happened since then. The service you have provided…
Read More

Patrick Deschrijver, EJECTEE #5083

Monday April 19, 1999, around 5:15 pm, two alpha jet 1B piloted by the commander “Pat” Deschrijver and the commander “Meumeu” Meunier, collided during an aerobatic session in the sky of Beauvechain . The pilots managed to eject in time, thanks to their ejection seats, Martin-Baker MK 10. One of them was slightly injured. After the bail out. The aircraft…
Read More

CDR Carlton L. Lavinder Jr., EJECTEE #2454

We received a lovely letter sent in to Martin-Baker America by the Lavinder family about their late father CDR Carlton L. Lavinder Jr., Ejectee #2454. The impact that our life saving product has not only on the aircrew that use it but also the family that surrounds them is so powerful, and that’s really shown in the attached letter below.
Read More

AVM Henry Alan Merriman, EJECTEE #25

Dear Sir, I am writing on behalf of my 92 year old father, Air Vice Marshall Henry Alan Merriman ret’d. He is member number #25 of the Martin-Baker Ejection Tie Club as a result of an emergency ejection from a Hunter aircraft in January 1956 using a Martin-Baker ejection seat. My father has recently completed his personal memoirs of his…
Read More

William H. Switzer, EJECTEE #4726

Two former US Navy aviators toasted the 40th anniversary of their ejection from an F-14 Tomcat, with the assistance of Yanks Air Museum and the Zoom Internet chat application. Then-Commander William H. Switzer III was the F-14 Tomcat pilot that day, 19 December 1981, when the aircraft fell victim to an improperly set arresting gear cable aboard the USS Constellation,…
Read More

Ian Weaver Flt Lt (Ret’d), EJECTEE #4883

I have just celebrated the 26th anniversary of my life being saved by the Martin-Baker Mk10A Ejection Seat. On January 10th 1996 I was a Navigator taking part in a 2v1 training combat mission, flying out of RAF Conningsby in a Tornado F3 of 56(F) Squadron. During the first engagement, mine and the target aircraft collided head on, wing to…
Read More
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