Restored Martin Baker Ejector Seats
The United States Air Force experimented with downward-ejecting systems operated by a spring, but it was the work of Britain Sir Martin Baker and his company in 1946 that was to prove crucial in the development of the ejector seat. Early seats in the 1950’s used a solid propellant charge to eject the pilot but this proved inadequate, because it often left the pilot with a damaged spine. In the early 1960s, deployment of rocket-powered ejection seats designed for use at supersonic speeds began in such planes as the Convair F-106 Delta Dart.
Six pilots have ejected at speeds exceeding 700 knots (1,300 km/h; 810 mph). The highest altitude at which a Martin-Baker seat was deployed was 57,000 ft (from a Canberra bomber in 1958). Following an accident on 30 July 1966 in the attempted launch of a D-21 drone, two Lockheed M-21 crew members ejected at Mach 3.25 at an altitude of 80,000 ft (24,000 m) The pilot was recovered successfully, but the launch control officer drowned after a water landing.
Despite these records, most ejections occur at fairly low speeds and altitudes, when the pilot can see that there is no hope of regaining aircraft control before impact with the ground.
What to buy someone who has everything? Well all our ejector seats are brilliantly restored to a standard unrivalled. There is no chroming, silver spray-painting or added metallurgy. All parts are original and exclusively treated and processed to result in the timeless masterpiece you see today. The shine you see in the photos is not photo shopped or edited. It is naturally reflective and brilliantly sharp. This is without doubt a stunning and eye-catching piece of British cold war memorabilia.
Can be used as a functional desk chair in the office, as a chair at the dining room table in the home, or as a pure aesthetic centrepiece. Swivel mechanism can be added at an extra cost.
A true collectors item.
Price guide: 8-10k