Matthew “Shaggy” Klemish

Tie Club # 1552

My sincere thanks to everyone at Martin-Baker, past and present, for making ejection seats that save lives.  On October 25, 1994, while on approach to USS Abraham Lincoln, we lost power in our left engine 8 to 10 seconds before landing and our F-14A subsequently departed from controlled flight.  I ejected at approximately 60 feet above sea level, rolling through 70 degree left angle of bank.

I was out of position for ejection when I grabbed the lower handle, so my head was pinned to my chest throughout the ejection sequence, which provided an excellent view of seat-man separation and parachute deployment.  The seat worked flawlessly.

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