Brian Mathewson

My story On the Maintenance of Ejection Seats on the Hawk Aircraft. During my career in The Royal Air Force I served in the Ejection Seat Bay at RAF Valley. In 1981 to 1983 on the 10B1 10B2 Hawk aircraft T1 seats.

Then in December 1996 as a civilian my career changed to the BRAMA company. We took over all servicing from the Royal Air Force a time of huge changes for the RAF and everyone like myself joining as a civilian to service the RAF equipment.

My time as a civilian supervising Hawk T1 Aircraft Ejection Seats and later the introduction of the Hawk T2 Aircraft Ejection Seats to RAF Valley. Was From December 1996 to August 2015. There were successful ejections during my RAF career at Valley.

With both BRAMA and Babcock International companies I carried out on the job training of personnel who were not ex military was a constant part of my role. To set up a servicing bay for both the T1 Hawk and T2 aircraft. Making RAF Valley a centre of excellence in the servicing of Hawk aircraft Ejection Seats. That servicing bay looked after the vast majority of the Hawk aircraft Ejection Seats.

Myself and my boss through out my time as a civilian At RAF Valley Seat Bay means that our Final Maintenance signatures were on almost all ejections during my time slot.

I’m very very proud to say myself and the team saved lives From December 1996 to August 2015.

I always answered the phone “Brian Seat Bay”

Thank you for taking the time in reading this. The story could easy go into many pages.

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