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Harrier Drops Out Of Sky At Airshow

Sat Aug 03, 2002 3:28 am

One very quick-thinking pilot thankful for the ejector seat...

Footage from the Lowestoft Sea Front Air Show:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/video/38174000/rm/_38174092_harrier17_pictures_vi.ram
 
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RE: Harrier Drops Out Of Sky At Airshow

Sat Aug 03, 2002 7:18 am

Good that the pilot ejected OK, and waved to the crowd as he descended into the water!
 
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RE: Harrier Drops Out Of Sky At Airshow

Sat Aug 03, 2002 8:54 am

Whoa, that was one you don't see every day.

BTW-- I sincerely doubt the pilot was waving to the crowd. Any pilot who just experienced the forces of an aircraft ejection and who also has only about 5 seconds to prepare himself to hit the water couldn't possibly be thinking about the crowd!
 
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RE: Harrier Drops Out Of Sky At Airshow

Sun Aug 04, 2002 12:42 am

What happend... Engine stall or so?
Ejection brings a black out, the pilot will be out of conciousness for a few seconds. Waving is out of the question im my point of view...

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RE: Harrier Drops Out Of Sky At Airshow

Sun Aug 04, 2002 12:58 am

TV news said he did, I couldn't really make it out, involutary movement?
However, it appeared he was fully conscious throughout, and only suffered minor injuries.
Another member of the club of people saved by Martin Baker, (they are a few miles down the road from me), he'll get the obligatory tie, and can attend regular functions.
Engine failure caused it perhaps?
The aircraft will be raised for investigation.

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