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Top Gun - Non-Firing Ejection Seats
I am a Naval Reservist(AME) with VR-56. I work with ejection seats and other aircrew survival components all the time, and this really bugs me.
Except in the "real" flight footage, all of the ejection seats are "safed" by a spindle on the top. It looks like a gold colored wheel. This and other safety systems are used by the maintenance folks to keep these seats from making very loud and expensive sounds while the aircraft are parked on the deck
Ergo...When the time comes for ol' Goose and Mav to "take a ride in the loud chair"(eject), it ain't gonna happen folks...
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darrellparkhill on 09-10-2004
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Fleaflikr writes:
The "gold wheel" does not safe the seat. It retracts a spring loaded locking cam called the Top-Latch. It will not prevent a seat from firing, but, as was proved in 1991, it will allow a seat to slide out of the cockpit if negative G's are applied, or the aircraft goes inverted! If you go to this site ( you will find a better description of the Top Latch. darrellparkhill may have been an AME in the Navy Reserves, but I think he missed a day or two in AME A school. I am also an AME in the Navy. I have been in three different TACTICAL squadrons (there aren't many logistic planes with ejection seats), and instructor on the FA-18 Hornet, and have three successful ejections to my credit.
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