Live to fly another day

 

FA18-1December 7, 2012, Lethbridge, Canada. Pilot ejects from damaged FA-18. Rockets blow away canopy. This is about 2 seconds before crash, shown below. (If you don’t have fast reactions, don’t fly these babies.)

 

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Canopy gone, now the solid fuel rockets blast pilot from cockpit with drogue chute opened.  Note left engine nozzle at rear is fully opened, showing engine #1 lost power. Severe G-force pins pilot’s head to his chest as his seat propels him from danger. Seat rockets burn for only 0.2 seconds.

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Photo of the year captures FA-18 milliseconds before its demise. Pilot obviously held on until the last split-second hoping to recover the FA-18.

FA18-5

 

Pilot is safely above the crash. Notice his seat has departed to the right. The FA-18 crash is just before the explosion, shown below.

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