I’ve been in the Royal Air Force for 22 years and have spent the majority of it working on, or with your ejection seats. I moved into the seat bay at RAF Leuchars in 2003 where we stripped and rebuilt the Mk10a seat. I was promoted on to 43 Sqn in 2006 where I was part of the team fitting and removing them from the Tornado F3’s. I then moved to 111 Sqn again with Tornados and in 2010 I moved to 6 Sqn Typhoons and the Mk16a.
In 2013 I was lucky enough to be selected for a pax trip in a Typhoon and got to have a real ride in the seat (although thankfully, not the ride that gets you in THAT club)!
I made a video of the experience, if you you wish to view it. https://youtu.be/0AlXXJNPuw0
I have been qualified to do independent inspections of the Aircraft Assisted Escape System since 2016 and I am looking forward to starting my new post this week on 41 Sqn and being part of the test and evaluation team.
With technology continuing to change and improve all areas of safety, I look forward to seeing new innovations from you during the remainder of my career.