Wg Cdr John Downing

Tie Club # 1552

“Our ejection from the RAAF Canberra in Vietnam was using the Mk 1C seats. Despite the early model, both seats worked as advertised and we are here to tell the story!

My navigator had loosened his straps to reach the bomb selector and when he pulled the blind in a hurry the first time – nothing happened. When he tried again, he was bent over and suffered fractured vertebrae. This was not the fault of the seat.”

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